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LIMES - Light Innovative Materials for Enhanced Solar Efficiency
"We aim to exploit the development of 1 mm toughened glass as encapsulant to produce a light weight, low cost PV module with enhanced efficiency" says Stefan Karlsson, Glafo, project coordinator.
There is a global drive to lower the cost of solar generated electricity. The cost per watt peak (€/Wp) can be reduced by increasing PV efficiency, reducing cost of the Balance of System (BOS) and minimizing the module costs. Module assembly is material extensive and constitutes a significant part of the price.
Currently, 3 mm glass is the predominant cover of solar modules and it implies 30 % of the price. Reduction of encapsulant materials can help to minimize the foot print of the solar panel by minimized cost over the whole chain from raw materials to installation.
The aim of the project is to exploit the development of 1 mm toughened glass as encapsulant to produce a light weight, low cost PV module with enhanced efficiency.
In the project we will develop glasses and new coatings to improve the physical properties of the cover material of PV modules. Furthermore, novel toughening techniques of thin glass will be investigated, and prototypes will be assembled.
We strive towards:
- Ultrathin glass-glass modules
- Eliminating the transmission limit of solar glasses
- Ultra-robust module designs with extended lifetime
LIMES aims at promoting excellence in research and innovation in order to enhance the competitiveness of European industry and increase the energy produced by sustainable solar power in the future.
Results and technological advances will be disseminated by publications, seminars, conferences and reports. The results in terms of prototypes are expected to lead to patents. The initial route to market is through demonstration of new off-grid PV modules and if successful proven case histories will be presented to the BIPV industry.
04.2014 to 03.2017