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  • Full title: Accelerated development and prototyping of nano-technology-based high-efficiency thin-film silicon solar modules

  • Acronym: FAST TRACK

  • Start Date: 1/03/2012

  • Duration: 36 Months

  • Total budget: 14 M €

  • EC funding: 9,3 M €

  • Final outcome: New generation PV Modules

  • Consortium

 

 

Project objectives

  • Cost reduction (down to below 0.5 €/Wp at system level, ensuring electricity prices well below 0.08 €/kWh in sun-rich areas), and reliability increase,

  • Improved lifecycle of PV systems (down to energy pay-back times below 0.5 – 0.7 year in southern parts of Europe).

  • Achieve solar cells with 14% stable efficiency, leading to the demonstration of reliable production size prototypes module at 12% level

 

Main results

Fast Track focuses on photovoltaic systems (PV). Technically PV could play a decisive role in the future of EU, both for electricity and energy generation, as well as for clean-tech job creation. The long term success for PV will be linked to two factors:

  • Cost reduction (down to below 0.5 €/Wp at system level, ensuring electricity prices well below 0.08 €/kWh in sun-rich areas), and reliability increase,
  • Improved lifecycle of PV systems (down to energy pay-back times below 0.5 – 0.7 year in southern parts of Europe).

Besides, achieving wide-scale penetration of PV will be linked to topics such as storage (chemical and/or distributed or centralized), smart grids, demand-side management, and even long-distance transportation of electricity.

With Fast Track a unique opportunity is generated to gather up-to-date findings on the micromorph technology, and, most importantly, to establish cross-relations on a European level between otherwise individual results and approaches, in order to result in the determination of the best overall solutions and to translate individual findings on specific topics into increased overall module efficiencies and/or decreased cost of ownership26. In order to achieve the efficiency goals the following sectors will be investigated:

  • Multi-layer and multi-scale superstrate for efficient light management
  • Advanced nano-structured silicon materials for optimized cell design
  • Cell design
  • Deposition processes and module technology
  • Module Technology
  • Manufacturing technologies
  • Progress by integration and combination
 

 

 

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 283501

 

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