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SILICON NANODOTS FOR SOLAR CELL TANDEM

Objective

The overall objective of the project is to develop new Nanomaterials with New Production Technologies and to fabricate silicon quantum dot tandem solar cells to achieve increased efficiencies. The understanding of electrical transport and recombination mechanisms in these newly developed nanomaterials will enable us to design new tandem solar cell structures - based on Si thin-film or wafer solar cells - that help to overcome the efficiency limits of these conventional concepts. In order to reach our goals, considerable R+D work has to be performed on semiconductor bulk materials, thin layers and hetero-structures for such solar cells. These topics have not yet or only in parts been investigated and are also of high scientific interest for novel photonic and charge storage devices incorporating Si nanocrystals embedded in Si alloys. The consortium of this project, also including two companies, merges the scientific and technological competences that are necessary to find answers to these questions. Another objective is the compatibility of the newly developed technologies with high-throughput processing to ensure further cost-reduction. The expected significant jump in the solar cell and processing evolution will lead to higher efficiencies for solar cells and to ongoing cost-reduction also with a long-term perspective and will help to strengthening the European leadership in PV technologies. Thus it will also have a positive impact on the acceptance of photovoltaics by the public and by politics. Moreover, since “energy efficiency” is a big subject in the public discussion, photovoltaics will be an example of one of the highest electricity production efficiencies that have been achieved of all power generators. To sum up, we believe that this project will have a direct and positive impact on the European PV industry and its status in material science and it will contribute to the very ambitious goals of the EU commission in CO2 reduction in general.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2009-SMALL-3
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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Address
Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen
Germany

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maximilian Steiert (Mr.)
EU contribution
€ 638 362

Participants (7)

ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITAET FREIBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 576 482
Address
Fahnenbergplatz
79098 Freiburg

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Margit Zacharias (Prof.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 459 837
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Caterina Summonte (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MODENA E REGGIO EMILIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 297 857
Address
Via Universita 4
41121 Modena

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mauro Dell'amico (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 453 540
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
08007 Barcelona

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Blas Garrido (Prof.)
UNIVERZITA KARLOVA
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 256 560
Address
Ovocny Trh 560/5
116 36 Praha 1

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Milena Stiborova (Dr.)
AZUR SPACE SOLAR POWER GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 118 045
Address
Theresienstrasse 2
74072 Heilbronn

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roland Schilling (Mr.)
STMICROELECTRONICS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 182 172
Address
Via C.olivetti 2
20864 Agrate Brianza

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cristina Di Gesù (Dr.)