Shared research, partners for the future

Solliance stands for shared research. By working together with partners and inspiring each other, new perspectives and fruitful ideas emerge. You can also participate in one of our Shared Research Programs. We share our knowlegde with you. Together with others you can participate in the development of promising technologies in the field of thin-film solar.

Share the possibilities of thin-film solar

With thin film solar, the active material layer is many times thinner than with conventional solar panels. This makes it possible to make the solar cell flexible and flexible. It also helps to make the cells less vulnerable to breakage and point load.

 

More freedom of shape

In traditional solar panels, the active material is silicon. This is cut into thin slices of a column of silicon, an ‘ingot’. These slices are about 200 microns thick and quit fragile. This technology has been in existence since the 1950s and has evolved into an efficient and cost-effective way to generate renewable energy.
With thin film solar, the application of the active material is fundamentally different. The material, perovskite, copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) or cadmium telluride, is put on a large surface in one go by a print or vapor deposition process. Later, different cells are made, often in straight strips, but that can be done differently.

 

Integrate into existing applications

These two steps enable that thin-film solar cells can in principle have any desired shape. It can be fully adapted to the requirements of the application. Solliance is looking for solutions to integrate these thin-film solar cells into existing products or applications. Think of vehicles or building materials. Because the shape can be adapted to the application, much more surface can be given energy.

Shared research

Solliance Solar Research stands for Shared Research. In these programs we work together with industrial partners, universities and research institutes, we share facilities and knowledge, but also the risks of research. Learning from each other’s perspective makes fundamental research more effective and brings technology to the market faster.

Every step in the value chain requires the research of other disciplines. The research is different every time, from fundamental material and process research to the development of practical solutions in new applications. We have set up three research programs. These programs have their own road map and share the common vision:

 

  • Perovskite based Solar Cells:  the research focuses on the development of perovskite solar cells and in particular on life span, efficiency and the scalability of the production technology. The research often has a fundamental character.
  • Innovative Module Technology:  for low cost / high performance and new applications, e.g. material reduction in absorber, fully adaptable monolithic interconnection on flexible substrates and a cost-effective barrier and protective layer.
  • Application Integration Technology: aimed at aesthetic application of thin-film modules in building materials, infrastructure and vehicles. This by developing technology for semi-finished products and come to dedicated solar foils that can be seamlessly integrated in existing production methods.

Shared Research Programs

  • SRP Perovskite based Solar Cells

    • 3-5 year to market
    • Research
    • New materials & process development
    • Science
    • Emerging Solar Technology
  • SRP Innovative Module Technology

    • 2-3 year to market
    • Production technology
    • Optimizing production technology
    • Industry
    • Thin Film solar 2.0
  • SRP Application Integration Technology

    • 1-2 year to market
    • Application development
    • Application development
    • Products and applications
    • (Building) Integrated Solar Technology


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