Development of a proof of principle for a new process technology for solar cells based on thin films of silicon, to reduce the cost of photovoltaic cells while maintaining similar conversion efficiencies.
To study and improve if necessary the overall stability of low chemical vapour deposition (lp-cvd) zno layers incorporated within encapsulated thin-film silicon solar cells.
Industrial production process of thin wafers, 150 to 200 micrometers, through a silicon ribbon on a sacrificial carbon template (rst technology). A back contact solar cell process based on thin silicon ribbons will be developed and tested.
The latter stages of this work will be focused on the industrialisation of high concentration photovoltaic modules: lens manufacturing optimisation, development of their quality test controls, and optimisation of assembly processes.
Developing very cheap photovoltaic cells based on dye sensitised titanium dioxide chemistry. The product would be a glass-metal foil or glass-plastic sandwich, half the weight of a silicon product of a similar size.
Integration of thin-film pv (photovoltaic) cells, setting them into the intemper flat-roof system. A global monitoring system development. Development of an interrelation map.
Orionsolar will be improving their 15cm x 15cm single cell design and assembly to give 7% efficient pv dye cell modules in fully scaled-up manufacturing processes. Solaronix will be scaling up their narrow strip monolithic module design to 30cm x 30cm and then 90cm x 60cm size with 6% efficiency.
To develop photovoltaic solar modules and production processes for: *large area/low cost innovative nano-structured si pin devices increasing efficiencies from 7 to above 10%; *hybrid junctions to take efficiencies further and gain other product characteristics like transparency; *flexible pv.
To develop and demonstrate prototype production equipment for an economically viable module assembly line, which is suitable for high handling yield and high throughput of thin and high-efficiency solar cells, and which is ready to be put on the market at project-end.
New flat photovoltaic panel with low sun concentration and one axis tracking.