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Optimization of Si solar cells, plastic materials and technologies for the development of more efficient concentRatION photovoltaic systems

Optimization of Si solar cells, plastic materials and technologies for the development of more efficient concentRatION photovoltaic systems

Objective

The development of renewable energy is a central aim of the EU Commission's energy policy. Concentration PhotoVoltaics (CPV) has been demonstrated to be a good solution in PV industry and in the last years has become more attractive and several companies have been founded with the main goal of decreasing the cost of PV-generated electricity. The main objective of this project is the optimization of materials and technologies involved in CPV System production to reduce system cost/watt and increase system efficiency. The reduction of system cost/watt, that reflects in reduction of PV-generated electricity, will be achieved by: -developing an all-plastic system by using recycled plastic compounds; -developing Si solar cells for automatic assembling technology; -implementing and industrializing automated high-rate technologies for cell assembly and optics production. The increase of system efficiency will be achieved by: -increasing Si concentration cell efficiency by using surface plasmonic crystal structures; -developing plastic materials doped with down-converting nanoparticles for modification of the solar spectrum to enhance the cell efficiency. The scientific objectives concern optimization of Si solar cell and the development of new application-addressed nanocomposite thermoplastic material. Technological objectives concern the implementation and industrialization of automated low-cost technologies for CPV components fabrications. The scientific and technological objectives of the project will be exploited by the realization of a low –CPV system with a projection 2-3 €/Watt . The new system, ready to be produced at the end of the project, will be based on Si concentration solar cell technology coupled to hybrid mirror-lens concentrator optical system. The project also includes the design and development of an innovative one-axis tracker integrated with optics for the realization of a compact and modular CPV system for domestic rooftop applications.
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Coordinator

CENTRO RICERCHE PLAST-OPTICA SPA

Address

Via Jacopo Linussio 1
33020 Amaro

Italy

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 4 443,24

Administrative Contact

Sara Padovani (Dr.)

Participants (5)

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INTEGRA RENEWABLE ENERGIES SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 996 304,26

UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS

Cyprus

POULEK SOLAR SRO

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 359 502,50

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

UAB MODERNIOS E-TECHNOLOGIJOS

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 872 750

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 222517

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2008

  • End date

    31 December 2011

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 931 970,21

  • EU contribution

    € 2 233 000

Coordinated by:

CENTRO RICERCHE PLAST-OPTICA SPA

Italy