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Non-vacuum processes for deposition of CI(G)S active layer in PV cells

Objective

Current production methods for thin film photovoltaics typically rely on costly, difficult to control (over large surfaces) vacuum-based deposition processes that are known for low material utilisation of 30-50%. NOVA-CI(G)S proposes alternative, non-vacuum ink-based simple and safe deposition processes for thin film CI(G)S photovoltaic cells. The low capital intensive, high throughput, high material yield processes will deliver large area uniformity and optimum composition of cells. The project objectives are to achieve competitive about 14% small area cell efficiency and to demonstrate the processes at high speed on rigid and flexible substrates while maintaining acceptably high efficiencies. The processes reduce cost of the CI(G)S layer by 75-80% in comparison to the evaporated CI(G)S, which translates into a 20-25% reduction of total module cost. Major scientific breakthroughs of the project include improved materials control in novel precursor materials by using nano-sized particles of specific chemical and structural characteristics and innovative ink formulation, to enable coating by simple processes while avoiding the use of toxic gases in subsequent process steps. This industry-led project constitutes the first essential step for a fully non-vacuum, roll-to-roll process aimed to achieve the solar module production cost below 0,8 €/Wp that will make photovoltaic directly competitive to traditional energy generation.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2008-SMALL-2
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Coordinator

UMICORE
Address
Rue Du Marais 31
1000 Bruxelles
Belgium
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 084 001,90
Administrative Contact
Fabrice Stassin (Dr.)

Participants (7)

ZENTRUM FUR SONNENENERGIE- UND WASSERSTOFF-FORSCHUNG BADEN-WURTTEMBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 714 162
Address
Meitnerstrasse 1
70563 Stuttgart
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Friedel Oster (Dr.)
XENNIA TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 160 000
Address
Works Road Monroe House
SG6 1LN Letchworth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tim Phillips (Dr.)
MANZ CIGS TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 169 303,50
Address
Alfred-leikam-strasse 25
74523 Schwabisch Hall
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bernhard Dimmler (Mr.)
FLISOM AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 110 000
Address
Gewerbestrasse 16
8155 Niederhasli
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Norbert Graf (Mr.)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Finland
EU contribution
€ 210 000
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jukka Hast (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET CHEMNITZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 316 539,60
Address
Strasse Der Nationen 62
09111 Chemnitz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Elke Zimmermann (Ms.)
EIDGENOSSISCHE MATERIALPRUFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 710 720
Address
Ueberlandstrasse 129
8600 Dubendorf
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ayodhya Nath Tiwari (Dr.)