Next Generation of Solar Cells

Call Reference: 
LC-SC3-RES-2-2018
Short description of project idea : 
Photovoltaic windows ('transparent' solar cells) In the last years progress in solar cell performance and costs has attained values competitive with conventional sources of energy. The extraordinary progress of silicon technology has limited the investment and thus development in all other technologies which have to reach their own niche market to avoid being annihilated by silicon industrial stregth. There are several potential applications which are not accessible by silicon: indoor, flexible and transparent. By other side along last years, perovskite materials have revolutionized the world of new solar technologies, reaching performances similar to that of silicon with the potential of reducing cost much below silicon, thanks to the low cost of raw materials and technology used in its fabrication. The possibility of tuning the color of perovskite solar cells by changing its composition opens new potential uses in architecture and other applications. Despite these achievements, aspects such stability and the use of toxic components in its formulation has limited its path to market.
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Main areas of expertise: 
The group has published more than 450 papers in research journals, several books and book chapters in these fields with a remarkable impact in the scientific community. As a result, GAME works accumulate more than 27000 citations and a combined h index of 83. Students and postdocs around the world choose GAME for their stays to learn about the fabrication and measuring techniques (particularly impedance spectroscopy), theory, models and ideas developed by the group During the development of its research the group has established strong relations with many groups leading the research in different areas of the field including BiU (Israel), ETHZ, EPFL (Switzerland), UNILE, WETSUS, TUWag (Netherlands) TUWIEN (Austria), UBATH, UOX, ICL (UK), TUD, JÜLICH, COVESTRO (Germany), INSTM UTorVer, IIT (Italy),etc. and also Spanish groups from UPC, IREC, UPO, UGR, ICIQ, IMDEA, CIDETEC, UA, UElx, ect. These relations include also several companies making research in the field such as Dyesol (Australia, UK), OxfordPV (UK), Saule (Poland), Solaronix and Metroohm-Autolab (Switzerland), •3Gsolar (Israel), Bayer Tec. (Germany), etc.
Main objectives of the project and how will they be achieved: 
Description: 
In this project we propose to study perovskite solar cells with the aim of obtaining stable and environmentally safe devices for its use in tandem, flexible and semi-transparent solar cells for applications such high performance solar cells, architecture, windows, car powering, etc.
Challenges that may determine the impact of the project: 
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Stability
Description: 
Perovskite solar cell need demonstrate long term stability Great progress has been made lately with this technology
Partners that have already expressed interest in the project and expected role: 
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EMPA. Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Science and Technology. Switzerland
Description: 
Produces worl record flexible CIGS cells and also record efficiency/Perovskite
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ICFO. The Institut of Photonic Sciencies. Spain
Description: 
World institution in the fields of photonics and light management
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EPFL. École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. Switzerland
Description: 
Experts in the fabraction and integrations of highest efficiency perovskite solar cells
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UniROma
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MERCK. Merck KGaA. Germany
Description: 
World leading suppliers of specialty chemicals for electronic applications with a strong focus on printing adn formulation
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Bar-Ilan University
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Swansea University
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Saule Tecnologies Sp.. Poland
Description: 
Start-up specialized in the fabrication of large area ink-jet printed perovskite PV modules
Title: 
NIL Technology ApS
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Ecopol Tech, S.L.
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Cyprus University of Technology
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Flisom, AG
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CicciResearch, s.r.l. Italy
Description: 
a spin-off company specialized in the production of large area blade coaters with skills in manufacturing equipment for characterization and modeling photovoltaic response
Profile of partners sought and expected role: 
Title: 
important tractor company
Previous, relevant EU project experience: 
Title: 
Suitainable Novel Flexible Organic Watts Efficiency Reliable - SUNFLOWER
Programme: 
FP7-ICT-2011-7, ICT-7-3.6 - Flexible, Organic and Large Area Electronics and Photonics
Title: 
SOBONA PROJECT- SOLAR CELLS BASED IN NANOWIRE ARRAYS
Programme: 
FP7-PEOPLE-2010-IRSES
Title: 
ORION- Ordered inorganic organic Hibrids using ionic liquids for emerging applications
Programme: 
FP7-NMP-2008-LARGE-2
Title: 
INTERNEW- INNOVATIVE INTERFACES FOR ENERGY- RELATED APPLICATIONS
Programme: 
FTP7-PEOPLE-2013-IRSES
Title: 
DESTINY: Dye Sensitized solar cells with enhanced stability
Programme: 
FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN
Title: 
MAESTRO: MAking perovkites TRully explOitable .
Programme: 
H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016, (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks)
Specific countries/regions/cities you are keen to collaborate with: 
open to all
First Name: 
Francisco
Last Name: 
Fabregat
Name of the organisation: 
FUE-UJI
Short description of organisation: 
GAME is one of the research teams at Institute of Advanced Materials (INAM) from university Jaume I. It is a multidisciplinary group of Physicist (7), Chemists (6) and Chemical engineers (2) dedicated to the study and development of materials, devices related to energy applications. The main lines of research are: - New photovoltaic technologies: Main focus today is perovskite solar cells, but GAME has a remarkable expertise in dye, quantum dot, polymer and silicon technologies. - Photocatalysis for the production of solar fuel, CO2 reduction and water treatment - Microbial fuel cells. - Batteries (Li ion, Li-air…) - Sensors for water or chemical elements using inorganic materials enzymes, etc. The group combines experimental and theoretical investigations to address these studies from four different levels: (i) the use and preparation of nanomaterials, 2-D and 3-D structures with special properties. (ii) Film and device fabrication at cm2 scale (iii) the investigation of fundamental mechanisms governing the operation of materials and their interfaces (iv) the development of models and tools that describe the electro-optical response of these systems and their properties. More details at www.inam.uji.es

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