Second and last round for CPVMatch
One year and a half has passed since CPVMatch’s very first kick-off meeting in May 2015, bringing along first scientific results.
This three-and-a-half-year project (from May 2015 to October 2018) funded by the European Commission brings together a consortium of four research institutes (Fraunhofer ISE, RSE, CEA, Tecnalia), one university (UPM), two manufacturers (AZUR Space Solar Power, AIXTRON) and two SMEs (ASSE, Cycleco).
Project tasks allocation
The goal of the project is to address topics related to the manufacturing of high-efficiency innovative concentration modules, including material, production and equipment issues.
Academia and research centers work in close cooperation hand in hand with key industry players in an effort to ensure fast industrial exploitation of the results, and this, throughout the entire value chain.
The project’s prime objective is to produce high-concentration solar cells and modules working at a concentration level ≥ 800x with an efficiency of 48 % and 40 % respectively and a low environmental impact.
To this end, both an extensive environmental study and a thorough life cycle assessment (along with the development of adapted characterization methods) will come as a support to reach the following objectives:
- Development of novel wafer-bonded four-junction solar cells with a better spectral matching and an efficiency of 48% using advanced materials and processes
- Development of lattice-matched multi-junction solar cells (comprising nanostructured coatings obtained by combing III-V and IV elements) with a high-efficiency potential and low process costs
- Development of innovative, Fresnel lens-based and mirror-based HCPV modules
For more information on this project:
Click here to read the early project article.
Click here to access the project’s webpage.
Click here to access the project’s brochure.
Click here to read European Energy Innovation’s information platform article.
Click herebelow to read two project-related articles:
- Spectrally-resolved measurement of concentrated light distributions for Fresnel lens concentrators
- Four-junction wafer bonded concentrator solar cells