The consortium consists of 23 partners. This section provides an overview of all partners as well as a link to their own websites


Forschungszentrum Jülich – Jülich (co-ordinator)

Forschungszentrum Jülich (Jülich) is an interdisciplinary, publicly funded research centre with a staff of about 4.600 members working on the areas of health, energy and environment, and information technology. Main mission is Research for a sustainable future determines activities at Jülich in the field of energy and environment. How can society be supplied with energy on a global scale? An environmentally friendly solution to this problem will only be possible if we succeed in using fossil fuels more efficiently in the future, in refining stationary storage technologies, in tapping completely new energy sources, and in increasing the proportion of renewable energies in the energy mix. This ist only possible if energy and climate research are integrated and if researchers from different disciplines collaborate.

Country: Germany

Website: www.fz-juelich.de/


Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – EPFL

With over 350 laboratories and research groups on campus, EPFL is one of Europe’s most innovative and productive scientific institutions. Ranked top 3 in Europe and top 20 worldwide in many scientific rankings, EPFL has attracted the best researchers in their fields.

The School’s unique structure fosters trans-disciplinary research and promotes partnerships with other institutions. It continuously combines fundamental research and engineering.

Country: Switzerland

Website: www.pvlab.epfl.ch 


Energy Reasearch Centre of the Netherlands – ECN

The Energy Research Centre of The Netherlands is one of the leading institutes in Europe concerning applied energy research. ECN’s mission is to contribute to a future sustainable energy system by performing research and technology development and bringing it into implementation.

Country: The Netherlands

Website: www.ecn.nl


Institute of Physics, Prague – IPP

Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, is the largest public research institution in the Czech Republic in the field of physics and materials research. Most of the competence of IPP in the field of photovoltaics comes from long term basic research (30 years) on amorphous, nanocrystalline and microcrystalline silicon.

Country: Czech Republic

Website: fzu.cz/en/vitejte



University of Ljubljana – UL

The University of Ljubljana possesses a rich tradition. It ranks as a very large university, with more than 63,000 graduate and postgraduate students Approximately 4000 higher education teachers are employed in the 3 arts academies and 23 faculties .The Laboratory of Photovoltaics and Optoelectronics at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana is the central research group for photovoltaics in Slovenia.

Country: Slovenia

Website: www.uni-lj.si


Delft University of Technology – Delft

Delft University of Technology is the oldest technical university in the Netherlands. It provides high-quality education and research in a wide range of engineering disciplines, like electrical and materials engineering.

TU Delft cooperates with many other educational and research institutions, both in the Netherlands and abroad. The high quality of our research and teaching is renowned. TU Delft has numerous contacts with governments, trade associations, consultancies, industry and small and medium-sized companies.

Country: The Netherlands

Website: www.tudelft.nl/


Technical University of Dresden – TUD

The Technische Universität Dresden is a university that unites the natural and engineering sciences with the humanities and social sciences, as well as medicine. This wide range of disciplines, which is unique in Germany, brings with it the obligation for the university to promote interdisciplinarity and to contribute to the integration of science and society.

The Technische Universität Dresden aims to establish a balance between professional and personal responsibilities and wishes to ensure equal opportunity in all its employment practices.
The Technische Universität Dresden fosters the international character of the university and its members and cross-border cooperation in research and teaching.

Country: Germany

Website:  www.tu-dresden.de/en


Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development – ENEA

The Agency’s main research issues are identified as follows:

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Renewable Energy Sources
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Climate and the Environment
  • Safety and Health
  • New Technologies
  • Electric System Research

Specifically, the Agency’s activities are devoted to:
basic, mission-oriented, and industrial research exploiting wide-ranging expertise as well as experimental facilities, specialized laboratories, and advanced equipment;
new technologies and advanced applications.
The Agency’s multidisciplinary competences and great expertise in managing complex research projects are put at the disposal of the Country system.

Country: Italy

Website: www.enea.it


Utrecht University – UU

Utrecht University is among Europe's largest and most prominent institutions for research and education. Utrecht University is an internationally renowned top research university conducting fundamental and applied research covering a wide variety of scientific disciplines; from infectious diseases and human rights to climate research and cultural history. This diversity has inspired multi-disciplinary research collaborations with partners both from inside and outside the University. Regionally, as well as nationally and internationally, Utrecht University collaborates with universities, knowledge institutions and industry. These partnerships foster innovative research and contribute to economic development and the solution of social problems.

Country: The Netherlands

Website: www.uu.nl


Ecole Polytechnique – CNRS

CNRS is the largest fundamental research organization in Europe, with an annual budget representing 25% of French public spending on research. CNRS plays a pivotal role in the French scientific community, by means of its research capacity in terms of personnel and budget, through the great diversity of fields of scientific endeavour covered.

CNRS encourages collaboration between specialists from different disciplines in particular with the university thus opening up new fields of enquiry to meet social and economic needs. CNRS has developed interdisciplinary programs which bring together various CNRS departments as well as other research institutions and industry.

Country: France

Website: www.cnrs.fr


Oerlikon Solar AG – OS

Oerlikon Solar offers field proven equipment and turnkey manufacturing lines for the mass production of thin film silicon solar modules. Engineered to reduce manufacturing costs while maximizing productivity, Oerlikon Solar turnkey solutions are fully automated with high yield, high uptime, and low maintenance.

The turnkey production lines are complete systems, yet modular and upgradeable in both throughput and process technology. As a global leader in thin film technology, the company provides its customers with extensive experience in both amorphous and Micromorph® tandem technology.

Country: Switzerland

Website: www.oerlikon.com/solar/


Euroglas GmbH – EG

EUROGLAS is one of the biggest glass producing companies in Europe. EUROGLAS was founded in 1993 and is a joint venture of five independent medium-sized companies working in the field of glass processing. Glas Trösch AG is the parent company located in Switzerland, which has a history in glass processing for more than one hundred years.

The four factories of EUROGLAS, located in Haldensleben, Osterweddingen in Germany, Homburg in France and Ujazd in Poland, are producing with more than 920 employees float glass, special glass for solar applications, laminated glass, fire protection glass, and coated glass for thermal insulation and sun protection, and also pre-products for the thin-film photovoltaic industry.

Country: Germany

Website: www.euroglas.com/


FAP Forschungs- und Applikationslabor GmbH – FAP

FAP GmbH Dresden was founded in 1993 as a manufacturer for special PECVD equipment and technology. Today we are working in the field of thin-film plasma systems and services with 15 employees. The turnover in the year 2009 was over 2 million Euros.

FAP`s experiences are in the area of large-scale static and dynamic PECVD coating systems for silicon solar cells deposited with high pressures. Therefore, different solutions were developed especially to improve the coupling of the RF supply to the PECVD-electrode, matching of VHFfrequencies on different electrode geometries, and the gas distribution over large areas. A main objective is the application of VHF- frequencies up to 150 MHz for dynamic PECVD processes for higher throughputs.

Country: Germany

Website: www.fap-gmbh.de/


SolarExcel – SE

SolarExcel was founded in 2007 and is located in The Netherlands. The company specializes in the development and production of an innovative thin foil which improves the performance of solar panels. This low-cost foil is applied to the front cover of a solar panel and provides one integral solution for minimizing the reflection losses and increasing light trapping within the panel. Excellent results were obtained on mini-modules, and, therefore, SolarExcel wants to demonstrate, validate and further optimize their technology on full panel size.

Country: The Netherlands

Website: www.solarexcel.nl


CVD Technologies Ltd. – CTEC

CVD Technologies is an SME specialising in CVD process development, design and installation of atmospheric pressure CVD (APCVD) systems. The company is a world leader in such technology, and over 85% of its business is outside the UK. The company has experienced 50% growth in business this year and forecasts similar growth next year. Currently the major industrial applications are in architectural glass and reel to reel metal coating. Extension of this technology to PV markets is a major future objective.

Country: United Kingdom

Website: www.cvdtechnologies.com


Singulus Stangl Solar GmbH – SSS

Stangl was founded in 1988 as a family enterprise. Since 2007, STANGL is part of the SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES Group and has become a 100% subsidiary of SINGULUS on December 7, 2009. SINGULUS STANGL SOLAR produces special equipment for wet chemical processes for wafer fabrication in the semiconductor and photovoltaic fields, as well as for thin-film solar cells. The team of specialists advises and supports customers from the planning stage, through design and manufacture, up to the installation and commissioning of the simplest systems and highly-complex total solutions alike. Individual customer requirements and the very latest technical developments are implemented quickly and flexibly.

Country: Germany

Website: www.stangl.de


Uniresearch BV – UNR

Uniresearch B.V. (UNR) is a SME (founded in 1994) which is specialised in supplying project management and consultancy services in the field of national and European research projects and innovation activities. Uniresearch has a team of more than 10 qualified consultants, bringing together a mix of technical, scientific and business administration backgrounds.
Based on the management experience gained in over 50 R&D projects, a web based project management and transparent communication tool has been developed that provides a central archive of all project related files, an online reporting function, up-to-date performance and progress overviews (both technical and financial), a shared webserver that enables the uploading/sorting of project files by all partners, a platform for discussions, and a public domain for dissemination purposes (window to the outside).

Country: The Netherlands

Website: www.uniresearch.nl



OM&T is the European R&D centre of Moser Baer India Ltd. (MBI). In its long history as a development centre of optical-disc technology, OM&T has successfully contributed to prototyping, standardization and pilot-production of advanced optical-disc formats such as DVD and Blu-ray Disc. OM&T’s main focus today is on R&D in the field of energy-efficient devices, such as photovoltaic and OLED lighting modules. It is using its specialist knowledge of lithography, electro-plating, replication, thin-film technology and system integration to develop new concepts and production processes for products with improved energy-efficiency and lifetime at reduced manufacturing costs. The aim of the R&D programs is to develop and provide new processes and techniques to enable MBI’s rapidly expanding business groups in solar energy and organic solid-state lighting. Light management plays a key role in these R&D programs for optimizing the device performance and glass texturization by nano-imprinting techniques has become one of the focal areas.

Country: The Netherlands

Website: www.om-t.net  


HyET Solar BV - HYS

HyET Solar’s mission is developing the production technology and plant for high efficiency and cost effective flexible PV modules for application in building integrated PV (BIPV) products.
HyET Solar is an SME and has a proprietary roll-to-roll production technology developed for amorphous silicon based as well as for amorphous/micro-crystalline silicon, making use of abundantly available raw materials. It acquired the assets from Helianthos B.V., formerly owned by Nuon N.V. At its premises in Arnhem, the Netherlands a state-of-the-art fully functional small manufacturing plant is operated on foil widths of 35 cm wide

Country: The Netherlands

Website: www.hyetsolar.eu


Inventux Solar Technologies GmbH - IVX

Inventux is a manufacturer of silicon based (micromorph) thin film photovoltaic modules. Main activities are the development, production, and sales of photovoltaic modules. The production facility with an annual capacity of today around 35 MW is operational since 2008. From the beginning on, the Berlin-based company put a special focus on process development, R&D and innovative product design. The sales strategy is focused on sun-rich regions like South America, Northern Africa as well as the Southern European countries. The silicon-based thin-film technology with its low temperature coefficients in combination with the product design by Inventux is particularly well suited for difficult climatic situations.

Country Germany

Website: www.inventux.com


3SUN S.r.l. - 3SUN

3SUN is a manufacturing company operating in the photovoltaic segment, whose thin film multi-junctions modules are produced in its innovative plant called “M6” in Catania, Sicily. The company is a Joint Venture of three big industrial players, each with its own distinctive competencies, know-how and background.

Enel Green Power, an Italian company from ENEL Group, dedicated to the development and management of activities related to energy production from renewable sources at an international level. Operating both in Europe and the American Continent, it is a leading Company in this sector at global level.

SHARP, a Japanese Company, which operates at global level in the manufacturing and distribution of consumer products. It is a leading Company at global level in the photovoltaic sector.

STMicroelectronics, one of the largest manufacturers of semiconductors in the world with customers in all electronics segments. The Company can count on advanced research and development centers in 10 countries, 14 main manufacturing sites and sales offices all around the world.

Capitalizing on the synergies originating from the relative contributions, the JV has created the largest Italian company manufacturer of PV modules, born to compete with the most important players in the European, Mediterranean and other emerging markets by commercializing highly innovative, multiple junction thin-film modules.

Country: Italy

Website: www.3sun.com



SOLAYER is a technology company providing high end solutions for the large area coating industry by offering advanced processes and customized equipment packages for:

  • Display industry
  • Architectural glass
  • Solar and OPV
  • OLED
  • Industrial PVD coating

Country: Germany

Website: www.solayer.com






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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