Imec organic PV project launches

Imec, along with 16 partners, launched the European FP7 project X10D, developing tandem organic solar cells with better conversion efficiency, longer lifetime, and lower production costs so that organic photovoltaic technologies (OPV) can compete in the thin-film PV market.

October 28, 2011 — Imec, along with 16 partners, launched the European FP7 project X10D, developing tandem organic solar cells with better conversion efficiency, longer lifetime, and lower production costs so that organic photovoltaic technologies (OPV) can compete in the thin-film PV market.

Imec acknowledges the current challenges for organic PV: instability in the ambient environment, low conversion efficiencies. The X10D project will apply new solar cell designs and architectures, new materials and manufacturing technologies. The goal is at least 12% solar cell (1cm2) conversion efficiency, 9% on module level (100 cm²) and a minimum 20-year guaranteed lifetime for OPV modules on glass, 10 years on foil. The OPV technologies will need to cost less than 0.70 ?/Watt-peak (Wp).

Also read: imec EU PVSEC update on thin-film PV

X10D will investigate solution-processed and small molecule-based OPV process technologies. Universities, companies, and other members of the project represent each segment of the value chain: materials, large-area deposition equipment, novel transparent conductors, laser scribing equipment, encapsulation, device design, energy, life-cycle, cost analysis, and end-users.

Figure. Imec tandem organic solar cells on glass plates (current power conversion efficiency: 5.15%).

imec, as the project coordinator of X10D, collaborates with the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives – CEA (France), Stichting Energieonderzoek Centrum Nederland ? ECN (The Netherlands), Bayerisches Zentrum für Angewandteenergieforschung ? ZAE EV (Germany), Heliatek GMBH (Germany), IKERLAN S.COOP. (Spain), Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (UK), Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain), Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek ? TNO (The Netherlands), The Solar Press UK Limited (UK), Stork Prints B.V. (The Netherlands), SOLVAY SA (Belgium), VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GMBH (Germany), AGFA-Gevaert N.V. (Belgium), 3D-Micromac AG (Germany), and Arkema France SA (France).

The X10D project is partly funded by the European Commission (FP7/2007-2013). More information on the project is available on the web http://www.x10d-project.eu/public

Imec performs world-leading research in nanoelectronics. Further information on imec can be found at www.imec.be.

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