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High-efficiency photovoltaics: RSE side by side with the field’s world leaders

High-efficiency photovoltaics: RSE side by side with the field’s world leaders

CPV Match project under the European program Horizon 2020  approved our Piacenza labs to work on the project for the next three years and a half.

The approval of the research project CPVMatch - Concentrating PhotoVoltaic Modules using Advanced Technologies and cells for Highest efficiencies – under the European program Horizon 2020 will provide continuity to investments and developments set in motion by RSE in addition to making its Piacenza – Le Mose labs work alongside the world’s top leaders in the field at the highest levels of performance.

Definitely a remarkable achievement, considering that the Piacenza labs were only inaugurated in 2011. In just 4 years, the labs managed to build research, equipment, skills and staff capacities that are convincing and attractive to the leading European PV experts. “As a matter of fact” says RSE’ CEO Stefano Besseghini “such achievements could only be attained with the long standing experience RSE has built in the field in over ten years.

Thus, despite this being a “freshly built” lab facility, its research staff boasts well established experience in the PV sector they already put to best use with the APOLLON project submitted to the previous European call for projects under the Seventh Framework Programme. Implemented under RSE’s coordination, APOLLON has allowed for the development of concentrating PV modules boasting a 30% conversion efficiency rate”.

The concentrating PV labs headed by GIanluca TImò has not, by the way, lost its momentum and is currently working with the ISE- Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems - project leader of CPVMatch - and other European partners with the goal of creating high-concentration solar cells and modules ( >800 suns) with a conversion rate of 48 and 40%, respectively. This will bring real life performance closer to the levels that up till now were regarded as purely theoretical.

CPVMatch has set very ambitious goals, for the achievement of which huge experimental work is planned to be carried out over the next three years and a half. The project will strive to develop new solar cells’ architecture and innovative concentrating PV modules based on reflective (mirrors) and refractive (lenses) optics . In addition to RSE and ISE, the project will also involve the following organizations: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain) , AZUR SPACE Solar Power GmbH ( Germany), ASSE S.r.l (Italy) , Aixtron SE ( Germany) , CEA- Laboratory for Innovation in New Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials (France), Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation (Spain), Cycleco SAS.

“To RSE - adds Luigi Mazzocchi, Head of the Department of Generation Technologies and Materials - CPVMatch is a strategic project, and a huge opportunity for its enhancement and growth in the PV sector on the international stage. Indeed, the Piacenza labs are going to carry out a number of relevant activities, such as optics designing, aiming sensors’ optimization to enhance accuracy in sun-tracking devices, outdoor testing on PV modules, and, above all, they will head the development of frontier technologies for multi-junction solar cells, namely new semiconductor materials and new non-reflective nanostructures”.