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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

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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

 

Objectives

In order to further decrease the manufacturing costs per module power and thus reach and ensure grid parity (i.e. thin-film PV electricity to be competitive with consumer electricity), novel cell structures need to be explored in view of their applicability to economically viable realization.

Accordingly, the objectives of Fast Track are the following:

  • The main objective of the project is to perform a redesign of the multi-junction thin-film silicon (TFSi) devices, incorporating all ideal new features and novel materials, and to bring the processes up to life into the production size pilot lines of the industrial partners.
  • It aims to induce a next generation of modules with 12% efficiencies (against 8 to 9.5% in production, and 10% at pilot line level now).
  • The stable cell efficiencies are aimed to cross 14% (against 11.9% on glass in 2011).
  • An evaluation and a roadmap of the potential to reach efficiencies > 15% will be established.
  • New deposition technologies for next-generation low-cost large-area modules will be
    assessed.
  • Implications for cost of ownership for installations based on the achieved technology improvements will be derived.
The goal of this project is full in line with the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SETPlan), and related Solar Europe Industrial Initiative (SEII) and the directive of the EU-PV technology platform. It is also aligned with the National Programmes of all major participants of the project. It would run in full synergy with other EU granted projects more oriented towards, e.g., production tools (e.g. FP7 projects PEPPER, AGATHA, Silicon-Light).


Figure 2. Products coming out of the current production lines of Fast Track partners. Amorphous and micromorph modules are well-suited for building integration and large solar parks.

 

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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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