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Solar Research: On the Hunt for the Super-cell

European Sharc25 project aims to achieve 25 percent efficiency with thin-film solar cells

A new European research project that goes by the name Sharc25 is setting out to make an extremely efficient thin-film solar cell for the next generation of more cost-effective solar modules. Its objective is to achieve up to 25 percent efficiency in thin-film solar cells made by the coevaporation of copper indium gallium (di)selenide, or CIGS for short. That kind of performance would top the previous best mark by just over three percentage points. The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) is coordinating the project. Eleven research partners from eight countries are on board. Launched in May, the project will run for 3.5 years and get €4.6 million in EU funding sourced from the research framework program Horizon 2020. The Swiss government is providing another €1.6 million. The results of this project could well give the European solar industry a boost.

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Sharc25 Workshop in Stuttgart (Germany) on December 14, 2017

We are pleased to announce the 1st Sharc25 project workshop with focus on “Advanced Characterization Techniques and Analytics” which will be held in Stuttgart (Germany) on December 14, 2017. This full-day event offers the opportunity to discuss with experts from the project consortium and with external speakers on analytic topics concerning the CIGS absorber, interfaces, device characterization and beyond.

During the project period of 3.5 years two workshops are planned which will be organized by ZSW, Empa, and the consortium.

Please save the date December 14, 2017 for this interesting event. An invitation with agenda and more detailed information about the meeting (location and registration) will be available by the end of October 2017.

  1. 19-21 June 2017, project meeting at Department of Applied Physics, Aalto University in Espoo, Finland
  2. 24-25 November 2016, project meeting at GPM laboratory (University of Rouen) in Saint Etienne du Rouvray, France
  3. 11-12 May 2016, project meeting at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) in Braga, Portugal
  4. 5-6 November 2015, project meeting at the University of Luxembourg in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
  5. 26-27 May 2015, Kick-off meeting at ZSW in Stuttgart, Germany
  6. 02 June 2015, 1st Sharc25 press release