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Concentrating solar power: APOLLON crosses finish line at the Gorizia workshop

Concentrating solar power: APOLLON crosses finish line at the Gorizia workshop

17 partners from eight European Countries took part in the project with RSE in the front line

On the 27-28 June in Gorizia the APOLLON project reached its final stage with the meeting that marked a true milestone for our research institution.
17 partners from 8 European countries had joined in the project to establish the APOLLON consortium, aimed at spreading the two wings of innovation: research centers and industry. APOLLON’s main goal was to draw a comparison between the two leading technologies used in concentration photovoltaics, that is lens-based vs mirror-based, with a view to devising an innovative, high-concentration solution with a target cost of 2 euros/W.

RSE was in the front line, taking care of project coordination and actively participating in a variety of research activities that ranged from research into MOCVD techniques to photovoltaic devices, sun mirror designing, solar pointing sensors development, solar cells and modules feature development, and much more.

The Gorizia workshop highlighted a number of achievements, amongst which data from power measurements taken on the first concentration PV module prototypes developed under APOLLON deserve special mention. Under operating conditions, the modules’ conversion efficiency rate reached about 27 per cent, with overall efficiency exceeding 30 per cent under standard conditions. These data confirm that the consortium has definitely achieved its efficiency target as planned, thus bringing the project to a successful conclusion.

Also truly worth mentioning, the environmental impact assessment carried out by ECN, a Dutch institute and partner in the Consortium. The APOLLON modules feature an energy payback time amongst the shortest in the concentration modules market (about 0.8 years, with the conventional southern Italy solar irradiation rate). Since they are still a prototype, hence by their very nature subject to further improvements, the APOLLON modules are thus shown to have reached an already high level of competitiveness.