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Nanomaterials and nanotechnology for advanced photovoltaics

Objective

The NanoPV project aims at making a breakthrough step-change in photovoltaics by the removal of a set of bottlenecks which have been identified to block the application of nanostructures for high-efficiency, low-cost solar cells. The bottlenecks arise from the present lack of up-scalable processes that can meet the needs for nanomaterials in PV applications, and the lack of relevant equipment and industrial lines. In order to remove these bottlenecks, the main objectives of NanoPV are: 1) To develop technologies that can increase the efficiency and reduce the processing cost of existing silicon solar cell technologies using nano-scale effects provided by nanomaterials to above 20% for wafer based and above 15 % for thin film silicon based solar cells at a processing cost for modules well below 1 €/watt. 2) To design and to fabricate low cost solar cells entirely from nanomaterials by using nanostructures. An efficiency of above 10 % at processing costs well below 1 €/watt is targeted with potential of further significant improvements in the future. 3) To develop up-scalable cost effective processes and equipment in order to implement both enhanced standard solar cells and solar cell based on nanomaterials as well as related modules to existing pilot lines. 4) To create new market opportunities for the industrial partners. Nanotechnology will be applied for both already existing conventional Si solar cells (wafer and thin-film based) and for advanced solar cells entirely based on nanostructures. The main scientific efforts will be on understanding and exploitation of such nanomaterials as i) 0D quantum dots, nanocrystals and nanoparticles, ii) 1D nanowires and nanorods, and iii) 2D nanomaterials such as ultrathin layers. A large number of specialised technologies will be applied in the project. Therefore, in order to ensure successful completion, a comparatively large consortium of 9 complementary research partners and 3 industries has been assembled.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology/nano-materials/nanocrystal
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/solar energy
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology/nano-materials

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2009-SMALL-3
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

STIFTELSEN SINTEF
Address
Strindveien 4
7034 Trondheim
Norway
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 798 979
Administrative Contact
Tove Lillian Hønstad (Ms.)

Participants (11)

STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 598 512,49
Address
Westerduinweg 3
1755 LE Petten
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Frank Lenzmann (Mr.)
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM BERLIN FUR MATERIALIEN UND ENERGIE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 376 898
Address
Hahn Meitner Platz 1
14109 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Thomas Van Issem
UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 339 000
Address
Avenida Blasco Ibanez 13
46010 Valencia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Angeles Sanchis (Ms.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 300 300
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ulrike Ronchetti (Ms.)
LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER PHOTONISCHE TECHNOLOGIEN E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 297 147
Address
Albert Einstein Strasse 9
07745 Jena
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Hamm Gabriele (Mrs.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 277 612
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Grazioli Anna Maria Luisa (Ms.)
RUDER BOSKOVIC INSTITUTE
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 225 000
Address
Bijenicka Cesta 54
10000 Zagreb
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Branko Pivac (Dr.)
CENTRAL LABORATORY OF SOLAR ENERGY& NEW ENERGY SOURCES OF THE BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 166 425
Address
Tzarigradsko Chaussee Blvd 72
1784 Sofia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Doriana Dimova-Malinovska (Prof.)
Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology Ltd
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 228 216
Address
North End Yatton
BS 49 4AP Bristol
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andy Roylance (Mr.)
SCHOTT SOLAR AG

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 10 512,51
Address
Hattenbergstrasse 10
55122 Mainz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sonja Sommer (Ms.)
INNOVATIVE MATERIALS PROCESSING TECHNOLOGIES Ltd
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 234 713
Address
Faraday Building 7
NG7 2QP Nottingham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Corinna Pinfold (Ms.)