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Efficient Solar Cells based on Organic and hybrid Technology

Objective

Widespread uptake of inorganic semiconductor solar cells has been limited, with current solar cell arrays only producing between 4 to 7 GW of the 15 TW (<0.04%) global energy demand, despite the terrestrial solar resource being 120,000 TW. The industry is growing at a cumulative rate of over 40% per annum, even with effects of the financial crisis.
The challenge facing the photovoltaic industry is cost effectiveness through much lower embodied energy. Plastic electronics and solution-processable inorganic semiconductors can revolutionise this industry due to their relatively easy and low cost processability (low embodied energy). The efficiency of solar cells fabricated from these “cheap” materials, is approaching competitive values, with comparison tests showing better performance for excitonic solar cells with reference to amorphous silicon in typical Northern European conditions. A 50% increase of the output will make these new solar cells commercially dominant in all markets since they are superior in capturing photons in non-ideal conditions (angled sun, cloud, haze) having a stable maximum power point over the full range of light intensity. Our objectives are to exploit the joint leadership of the top European and Indian academic and industrial Institutions to foster the wide-spread uptake of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells technology, by improving over the current state of the art by innovative materials and processes. The Indian project will tentatively start within six months after the start of the European project.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/electrical conductivity/semiconductor
  • /medical and health sciences/medical biotechnology/cells technologies

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2010-INDIA
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 393 765
Administrative Contact
Filippo De Angelis (Dr.)

Participants (3)

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 373 600
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michael Graetzel (Prof.)
FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 253 200
Address
Via Morego 30
16163 Genova
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Immacolata Cortese (Ms.)
GREATCELL SOLAR UK LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 320 601
Address
Gardner Salisbury, Upper Denbigh Road Irish Square
LL17 0RN St Asaph
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mikael A. Khan (Dr.)