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Reference Number EP/N508433/1
Title OSI - One Step Interconnect for Thin Film PV Modules
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor J Walls
No email address given
Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Loughborough University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 July 2015
End Date 31 December 2017
Duration 30 months
Total Grant Value £217,757
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region East Midlands
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor J Walls , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Dr J Bowers , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University (0.001%)
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Abstract The market for photovoltaic (PV) modules has expanded dramatically from 6.4GW in 2009 to 37GW in 2013. PV demand ispoised for explosive growth to reach 49GW in 2014, and is forecast to reach up to 100GW by 2018. This end-marketgrowth is projected to increase annual PV module revenues, which are forecast to reach US$50 billion in 2018. Despitebeing severely hampered by overcapacity and declining operating margins during 2012 and 2013, the PV industry still grew34% over this two-year period. Thin film PV has approximately a 10% market share and has inherent cost advantages,especially in the development of utility scale installations. As part of the manufacturing process, it is necessary tointerconnect gridded areas of the PV module to form long series connected PV regions. In this project, the interconnect willbe achieved using a new laser ablation/inkjet process that works at speeds of up to 3m/sec. This will radically change theway modules are produced by reducing complexity and cost of manufacture. The sales target for this new process is>$10m per annum with attractive ongoing sales of specialist inks. The primary objective is to develop the OSI process andmaterials for semi-transparent perovskite for Building Integrated PV glazing applications, a very promising market. The secondary and tertiary objectives are to develop the process and materials for CIGS and CZTS, respectively

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