On January 31st the partners of the H2020 Advanced aRchitectures for ultra-thin high-efficiency CIGS solar cells with high Manufacturability - ARCIGS-M – project met in Brussels for their kick-off meeting. The project is funded by the Horizon2020 program from the European Commission on the call H2020-NMBP-2016-two-stage – Call for nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Production. The consortium gathers 13 partners: Uppsala University (Sweden); Interuniversity Micro-Electronics Centre .Imec (Belgium); Centre National de la Research Scientifique (France); International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (Portugal); Midsummer AB, (Sweden); Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (Netherlands); Solibro Research AB, (Sweden); University of Ljubljana (Slovenia); Obducat (Sweden); Électricité de France (France); Advanced Coatings & Construction Solutions (Belgium); ArcelorMittal (France). The consortium includes SME’s and industrial partners positioned throughout the complete solar module manufacturing value chain. Their roles will be to develop and commercialize new equipment, products and/or services.
According to the project coordinator, Professor Marika Edoff from Uppsala University “The project contribution will lead the way for the European lead in the worldwide photovoltaic market of thin film solar cells”.
This project´s goal is advanced materials and nanotechnologies for novel Cu(In,Ga)Se2 photovoltaic device architectures beyond that of the current state-of-the-art technologies. The technology targets the building integrated photovoltaic sector and enables several innovative solutions for building integrated photovoltaics. This project will lead to enhanced photovoltaic performance, but also yield and stability, while maintaining manufacturability. The consortium already pioneered the proposed advanced material solutions up to technology readiness level (TRL) 4, and this project targets to bring these innovative concepts to TRL 6 in a low-cost demonstrator.