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Imec, Total extend work to boost energy output of PV panels

Posted: 29 Jan 2016     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Imec  solar cell  Total  crystalline silicon 

Imec, a nanoelectronics research centre, and Total, a global energy company, have extended their collaboration with the goal of increasing the energy output of PV panels. Imec's industrial affiliation programme (IIAP) on next-generation crystalline silicon solar cells is a multi-partner R&D programme that is centred on further improving the conversion efficiency of silicon solar cells and modules, while reducing industrial manufacturing cost at one go.

Total joined Imec's programme on next-generation crystalline silicon solar cells in 2009, which is a multi-partner R&D programme bringing together companies along the value chain of solar cell manufacturing. Within this framework, researchers from Total collaborate with the solar R&D team at Imec, including Imec experts, solar cell manufacturers, material and equipment suppliers, and academia. Future R&D will build upon research breakthroughs achieved in the previous collaboration, such as 22.5 per cent large area two-side contacted n-type PERT solar cells.

Imec's n-PERT cells

Imec's n-PERT cells

Imec and Total will continue with the development of advanced cell architectures aiming at 23 per cent bifacial n-type cells, novel low-cost module interconnection concepts, smart modules and techniques to more accurately predict the energy production from solar cell modules under varying weather conditions. With this, the partners aim to significantly increase the energy output of PV panels, in this way bringing the cost of electricity from solar further down.

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