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Solar Bankability

Related IP activities: Operation and diagnosis of photovoltaic plants

Funding Scheme: H2020

% of PV in the project: 100

Total budget: € 0

PV SITES

The main objective of PVSITES project is to drive BIPV technology to a large market deployment by demonstrating an ambitious portfolio of building integrated solar technologies and systems, giving a forceful, reliable answer to the market requirements identified by the industrial members of the consortium in their day-to-day activity.


Related IP activities: PV for BIPV and similar applications

Addressed IP targets: Enabling mass realization of NZEB by BIPV through the establishment of structural collaborative innovation efforts between the PV sector and key sectors from the building industry

Funding Scheme: H2020

% of PV in the project: 100

Total budget: € 0

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INTEGRIDS

Related IP activities: Operation and diagnosis of photovoltaic plants

Funding Scheme: ERDF

% of PV in the project: 100

Total budget: € 843375

CrystalMega20

The objectives of the project are to :
- develop a G8 quasi mono crystallization furnace, in order to reach 20 MW annual production yield with similar solar cells efficiencies as monocrystalline silicon solar cells
- develop and optimize the processes and the tools for all the cutting of such G8 ingot.


Related IP activities: Manufacturing technologies

Addressed IP targets: Major advances in manufacturing and installation

Funding Scheme: Programme d'investissements d'avenir (PIA)

% of PV in the project: 100

Total budget: € 14300000

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Uniting PV - Applying silicon solar cell technology to revolutionize the design of thin-film solar cells and enhance their efficiency, cost and stability

Thin film (TF) photovoltaics (PV) hold high potential for Building Integrated PV, an important market as European buildings require to be nearly zero-energy by 2020. Currently, Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 (= CIGS(e)) TF solar cells have high efficiency, but also a simple one-dimensional cell design with stability and reliability concerns. Furthermore, its present research has been mainly focused on improving the absorber and buffer layers.
Scientifically, Uniting PV aims to study the practical boundaries of CIGS(e) TF solar cell efficiency. For that reason, its goal is to revolutionize the design of CIGS(e) solar cells through implementation of advanced three-dimensional silicon (Si) solar cell concepts. This novel design consists of (i) surface passivation layers and (ii) light management methods integrated into ultra-thin (UT) CIGS(e) solar cells: (i) Passivation layers will be studied to reduce charge carrier recombination at CIGS(e) surfaces. The aim is to create new understanding and thus scientific models. (ii) Light management methods will be studied to optimize optical confinement in UT CIGS(e) layers. The aim is to examine the interaction between light management and charge carrier recombination in UT CIGS(e), and to create scientific models. The main reasons to introduce these developments is to reduce charge carrier recombination at the CIGS(e) surfaces and in the CIGS(e) bulk, while maintaining optical confinement.
Technologically, the project targets to establish a solar cell with: (1) Increased cell efficiency, at least 23.0 % and up to 26.0 %; (2) improved stability and reliability, due to reduced CIGS(e) thickness and passivation layers hindering alkali metal movement; and (3) reduced cost, due to the use of less Ga and In, and industrially viable materials, methods and equipment. Hence, its outcome will be upscalable, valuable for other TF PV materials, and start a new wave of innovation in and collaboration between TF and Si PV research fields.


Related IP activities: PV for BIPV and similar applications,New Technologies & Materials

Addressed IP targets: Major advances in efficiency of established technologies (Crystalline Silicon and Thin Films) and new concepts ,Further enhancement of lifetime, quality and sustainability and hence improving environmental performance

Funding Scheme: H2020

% of PV in the project: 100

Total budget: € 1986125

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Sun'Agri 3

Sun'Agri 3 program is a breaktrough inovation. It associates agronomic research, agricultural data processing and dynamic photovoltaic technology.


Related IP activities: PV for BIPV and similar applications

Funding Scheme: National Funding

% of PV in the project: 100

Total budget: € 15100000

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EnergyMatching

Related IP activities: PV for BIPV and similar applications

Funding Scheme: H2020

% of PV in the project: 20

Total budget: € 0

SUPER PV

SUPER PV’s goal is to reduce costs of the photovoltaics (PV) system by combining technological innovations and data management methods along the PV value chain.
The project implements key actions at three levels within the PV value chain: PV module, power electronics and system integration. In the lifetime of the project, prototypes will be produced in industrial environments and tested in different (including unfavourable) climate conditions to evaluate cost efficiency and demonstrate competitiveness of the proposed solutions.
If successful, the project will significantly contribute to decreasing a levelised cost of electricity between 26%-37% while the PV products developed will accelerate the large-scale deployment of PV and will help EU PV businesses to regain leadership in world market.


Related IP activities: Technologies for silicon solar cells and modules with higher quality,Operation and diagnosis of photovoltaic plants

Addressed IP targets: Reduction of the cost of key technologies

Funding Scheme: H2020

% of PV in the project: 100

Total budget: € 9907793

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TWILL-BIPV

The TWILL-BIPV project aims to improve the aesthetics and performance of PV modules by developing an innovative cell interconnection technology for bifacial solar cells, leading to lower costs, scalable manufacture and higher efficiency.


Related IP activities: PV for BIPV and similar applications

Addressed IP targets: Major advances in efficiency of established technologies (Crystalline Silicon and Thin Films) and new concepts ,Enabling mass realization of NZEB by BIPV through the establishment of structural collaborative innovation efforts between the PV sector and key sectors from the building industry

Funding Scheme: Other (imec.icon)

% of PV in the project: 100

Total budget: € 0

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CIRCUSOL

Solar power generates nearly 4% (and still growing) of Europe’s electricity demand. In 2021, the 200 GW of capacity installed in Europe will result in saving of 219 million CO2 tons/year. By 2030, 8 mill tons of PV panels are expected.

Resource efficiency is a critical success factor for the solar power sustainable growth. Performance-based, third-party ownership Product-Service System (PSS) has been widely seen as a key circular economic model to stimulate resource efficiency and reduce waste generation. CIRCUSOL aims to establish solar power as a spearhead sector to demonstrate a path driven by PSS business models towards a circular economy in Europe.
Through a co-creative approach with end-users and the entire value chain, CIRCUSOL will develop two main blocks of a circular PSS model: circular product management with re-use/refurbish/remanufacture (“second-life”) paths in addition to recycling, and value-added new product-services for residential, commercial and utility end-users. Five large-scale, real-life demonstrators will be set up in these 3 market segments, in 3 European countries (FR, BE and CH) to validate market acceptance, business viability and resource efficiency benefits.

CIRCUSOL will deliver tangible innovation for the solar power industry with market-validated PSS business models, 2nd-life PV/battery labelling/certification protocols and cost/application analysis, and an info-sharing ICT platform. The results will be exploited in FR, BE and CH and prepared for replication in Europe (Letters of Support of stakeholders attached). CIRCUSOL will also deliver verified circular business innovation methodologies for broader use by other industries, sustainability professionals and academia; plus evidence-based knowledge in circular economy implementation for policy makers. All together, CIRCUSOL will contribute to a more resource efficient Europe, while reducing GHG emissions and creating new business opportunities and jobs.


Related IP activities: New Technologies & Materials

Addressed IP targets: Further enhancement of lifetime, quality and sustainability and hence improving environmental performance

Funding Scheme: H2020

% of PV in the project: 60

Total budget: € 8253715

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Rolling Solar

The Rolling Solar project aims to catalyze a lasting cross border collaboration between industry, research and stakeholders on photovoltaics, materials, manufacturing, installation, grid, and road infrastructure. This collaboration includes technology development, dissemination and validation of knowledge. Goal is to technically enable local manufacturers and building and construction companies to realize cost effective integration of long lengths of solar cell materials into public infrastructure. As a result, large scale durable electricity generation without additional land use will be enabled close to point of use. For example, PV integrated in all 35,000 km of Dutch bicycle road would generate 15 TWh of electricity per year, equivalent to a CO2 reduction in the order of 5 million tonnes per year.


Related IP activities: PV for BIPV and similar applications

Addressed IP targets: Enabling mass realization of NZEB by BIPV through the establishment of structural collaborative innovation efforts between the PV sector and key sectors from the building industry ,Major advances in manufacturing and installation

Funding Scheme: Interreg

% of PV in the project: 80

Total budget: € 572174175

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BIPVBOOST

BIPVBOOST is developing technical solutions to foster building-integrated photovoltaic (PV) applications in buildings. The buildings sector is one of the major energy consumers. Hence, there is great potential to improve the situation by integrating renewable energy systems such as PV into buildings. However, so far the industry lacks holistic solutions that suffice customer requirements in meeting the energy target set by the EU. BIPVBOOST aims to develop highly efficient and multifunctional energy producing construction materials in order to provide market opportunities at a world-wide level for the European photovoltaic and construction industry. BIPVBOOST addresses the whole value chain. The project strives to achieve significant cost reduction while maintaining flexibility of design, high performance, long-term reliability and design aesthetics. Furthermore, BIPVBOOST puts emphasis on standardisation and regulatory compliance to allow for fast market uptake. To achieve this, the project is designing a flexible and automated manufacturing line for building integrated photovoltaic system. Furthermore, BIPVBOOST provides energy management tools that optimally address the operational needs of the buildings energy system. This digital approach provides the means for advanced standardisation activities and thus significant cost reduction of building’s PV systems.


Related IP activities: PV for BIPV and similar applications

Addressed IP targets: Enabling mass realization of NZEB by BIPV through the establishment of structural collaborative innovation efforts between the PV sector and key sectors from the building industry

Funding Scheme: H2020

% of PV in the project: 100

Total budget: € 8851320

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Tandem Cells Improved Optically

The project TACIt main concern is to identify the most effective light trapping (LT) strategies to improve the efficiency of a 3-terminal tandem solar cell, based on a crystalline Si (c-Si) silicon cell. Besides the c-si solar cell, the tandem solar cell includes a SiGe sub-cell and a high bandgap (Eg>1.7 eV) solar cell. The ideal material and geometry of the top-cell will be determined by computer simulations. Computer simulations will also help to identify the best LT strategies to be used in each tandem cell region. The tandem cell architecture used doesn't require current matching, hence the sub-cells currents can be independently optimized. Two different types of LT strategies will be used: one based on metal-assisted chemical etching (Mace), and the other based on nanofabrication of LT structures and deposition of high index dielectric materials. Advanced passivation schemes will be applied to the Mace LT structures to reduce surface recombination.


Related IP activities: New Technologies & Materials

Addressed IP targets: Major advances in efficiency of established technologies (Crystalline Silicon and Thin Films) and new concepts

Funding Scheme: Other - National Funding for Scientific Research & Technological Development Projects (FCT 2017)

% of PV in the project: 100%

Total budget: € 225000

S-LoTTUS - Scalable Low-cost Tandem Tunnel junctions for Silicon Solar

To develop a continuous process for scalable low-cost tunnel junctions (TJ) compatible with single-cell-like further processing.


Related IP activities: Technologies for silicon solar cells and modules with higher quality,New Technologies & Materials,Manufacturing technologies

Addressed IP targets: Reduction of the cost of key technologies ,Major advances in manufacturing and installation

Funding Scheme: Other - FCT - Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation

% of PV in the project: 100%

Total budget: € 240000

PV4.0

Photovoltaics is gradually becoming the cheapest source of electricity in most of the world. This is made possible by access to low-cost capital and lower investment costs for photovoltaic systems. On the other hand, since the operating and maintenance costs of photovoltaic systems are part of the percentage of investment costs, many Operation and Maintenance (O&M) companies are working with increasingly narrow margins in an increasingly competitive market.

Reduced costs and tight margins often have a negative impact on the overall quality of a PV project. Performance evaluation and the search for reliability along the entire value chain thus take on a new dimension and require the development of innovative methodologies and solutions. The objective of this project is to develop a technological system for the management of the activities of O&M companies according to the principles of industry 4.0, in order to optimize the decision-making process, thus minimizing time and operating cost.


Related IP activities: Operation and diagnosis of photovoltaic plants

Funding Scheme: ERDF

% of PV in the project: 100

Total budget: € 433261.1

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HighLite - High-performance low-cost modules with excellent environmental profiles for a competitive EU PV manufacturing industry

At present, the vast majority of PV modules manufactured in the EU are based on imported crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cells, mostly standard Aluminium Back Surface Field (Al-BSF) technology or Passivated Emitter and Rear Cell (PERC) technology, and conventional cell interconnection technology (soldering of flat ribbons). This results in PV modules with moderate performance and relatively poor environmental profiles (mostly due to the high CO2 footprint of the imported cells).

The HighLite project aims to substantially improve the competitiveness of the EU PV manufacturing industry by developing knowledge-based manufacturing solutions for high-performance low-cost modules with excellent environmental profiles (low CO2 footprint, enhanced durability, improved recyclability). To achieve this, the HighLite project focuses on thin (down to 100 μm) high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells with passivating contacts and capitalizes on the learnings from previous large funded projects. In HighLite, a unique consortium of experienced industrial actors and leading institutes will work collectively to develop, optimize, and bring to high technology readiness levels (TRL 6-7) innovative solutions at both cell and module levels. In practice, HighLite will demonstrate high-efficiency ¼ size (or smaller) cut solar cells (silicon heterojunction cells with efficiency η ≥ 23.3%, interdigitated back-contact cells with η ≥ 24.3%; only 0.2% less than full size cells) in pilot-line manufacturing. Industrial tools will be developed in the project for assembling these cut-cells into high-efficiency modules tailored for various distributed generation (DG) applications. More specifically, the following developments will take place:

1. building-applied PV modules with η ≥ 22% and a carbon footprint ≤ 250 kg-eq.CO2/kWp,
2. building-integrated PV modules with η ≥ 21% and improved shading tolerance,
3. 3D-curved vehicle-integrated PV modules with η ≥ 20% and a weight ≤ 5 kg/m2.

Finally, HighLite aims to show improved cost and performance (both through indoor testing and outdoor demonstrators) against state-of-the-art commercially available modules. Altogether, it is expected that the solutions developed in HighLite will:

1. create more demand in Europe and worldwide for such DG products,
2. significantly improve the competitiveness of industrial actors that are part of the consortium, and
3. trigger significant investment in the EU PV industry.


Related IP activities: PV for BIPV and similar applications,Technologies for silicon solar cells and modules with higher quality,Manufacturing technologies

Addressed IP targets: Reduction of the cost of key technologies ,Enabling mass realization of NZEB by BIPV through the establishment of structural collaborative innovation efforts between the PV sector and key sectors from the building industry ,Major advances in manufacturing and installation

Funding Scheme: H2020

% of PV in the project: 100

Total budget: € 15119008.8

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ANALYST PV

Modern photovoltaic (PV) technologies are highly efficient and productive and can last up to 25 years and more. However, continuous maintenance is needed to keep them operating at top capacity. An estimated 30% of PV plants underperform, and current maintenance practices fall short in reliably identifying faults in PV equipment.
The ANALYST PV consortium will develop a fault diagnosis framework that relies on Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, AI-enabled root cause analysis and automatic image analysis. The proof of concept will be used to simplify practices for preventative PV asset management using the power of data.


Related IP activities: Operation and diagnosis of photovoltaic plants

Addressed IP targets: Further enhancement of lifetime, quality and sustainability and hence improving environmental performance

Funding Scheme: Other (imec.icon)

% of PV in the project: 100

Total budget: € 192971948

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JUMP2Excel

JUMP2Excel aims to step up and stimulate scientific excellence and innovation capacity of MCAST Energy in the field of PV integration including related technologies such as energy storage and ancilliary services and electricity markets. This is achieved by joint universal activities with a group of top world leading research centres, Centro Nacional de Energia Renovables (CENER) in Spain and Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA) in France together with one of the best research intensive university The University of Manchester (UNIMAN) in United Kingdom, providing access to extensive network and contacts in the field. The activities are mainly knowledge transfer and networking through a series of workshops, winter/summer schools, MRes and PhD programmes, internships, exchanges, meetings and mentoring. MCAST Energy is experiencing a self-funding growth within its breath of energy research theme that lead on campus. In addition, the MCAST main campus infrastructure together with laboratories will be the first ‘living laboratories’ on the island, used for real-life applications while delivery training and research as well. This TWINNING project will provide a stimulus of required knowledge to become more efficient and competitive to an international level of excellence. JUMP2Excel is designed for all partners to benefit in a way that goes sustainably beyond the three-year funding period. This eventually will result in enhanced skills sets and profile of MCAST Energy which in turn reflect the positive development of Malta knowledge economy including its ambition as a regional energy hub, solar country and blockchain state.


Related IP activities: PV for BIPV and similar applications,Technologies for silicon solar cells and modules with higher quality,New Technologies & Materials,Operation and diagnosis of photovoltaic plants,Manufacturing technologies,Cross-sectoral research at lower TRL

Addressed IP targets: Reduction of the cost of key technologies ,Further enhancement of lifetime, quality and sustainability and hence improving environmental performance ,Enabling mass realization of NZEB by BIPV through the establishment of structural collaborative innovation efforts between the PV sector and key sectors from the building industry

Funding Scheme: H2020

% of PV in the project: 100

Total budget: € 1000000

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NEEMO

Hybrid and electric mobility solutions for land and sea are imperative for Maltese Islands. With the EU-funded NEEMO project, Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) will partner with two leading institutions namely CEA France, AIT Austria and another urban community member, ANEL Cyprus to investigate various attributes and challenges associates with e-mobility, such as energy and location management, especially for the Maltese geographical setting. Talented researchers have the chance to participate in a series of events including meetings, conferences, schools, workshops and exchange programmes. The project will enhance MCAST Energy profile, which in turn reflects the positive development of Malta knowledge economy including its ambition as a regional energy hub, solar country, AI state and maritime hub.


Related IP activities: PV for BIPV and similar applications

Addressed IP targets: Further enhancement of lifetime, quality and sustainability and hence improving environmental performance

Funding Scheme: H2020

% of PV in the project: 20

Total budget: € 800000

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PERCISTAND - Development of all thin-film perovskite on CIS tandem photovoltaics

A realistic approach to increase the efficiency of photovoltaic (PV) devices above the Shockley-Queisser single-junction limit is the construction of tandem devices. PERCISTAND focuses on the development of advanced materials and processes for all thin film perovskite on chalcogenide tandem devices. This tandem configuration is at an early stage of development today. The PERCISTAND emphasis is on 4-terminal tandem solar cell and module prototype demonstration on glass substrates, but also current- and voltage-matched 2-terminal proof-of-concept device structures are envisaged. Key research activities are the development and optimization of top wide band gap perovskite and bottom low band gap CuInSe2 devices, suitable transparent conductive oxides, and integration into tandem configurations. The focus is on obtaining high efficiency, stability and large-area manufacturability, at low production cost and environmental footprint. Efficiency target is 30 % at cell level, and 25 % at module level. Reliability and stability, tested in line with International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards, must be similar as commercially available PV technologies. High manufacturability means that all technologies applied are scalable to 20×20 cm2, using sustainable and low-cost materials and processes. The cost and environmental impact will be assessed in line with International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and must be competitive with existing commercial PV technologies. Such a tandem device significantly outperforms not only the stand-alone perovskite and chalcogenide devices, but also best single-junction silicon devices. The development will be primarily on glass substrates, but also applicable to flexible substrates and thus interesting for building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) solutions, an important market for thin film PV. Hence, the outcome has high potential to strengthen and regain the EU leadership in thin film PV research and manufacturing.


Related IP activities: PV for BIPV and similar applications,New Technologies & Materials

Addressed IP targets: Major advances in efficiency of established technologies (Crystalline Silicon and Thin Films) and new concepts ,Reduction of the cost of key technologies ,Further enhancement of lifetime, quality and sustainability and hence improving environmental performance

Funding Scheme: H2020

% of PV in the project: 100

Total budget: € 5055821.4

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