X10D - Efficient, low-cost, stable tandem organic devices
New designs, materials and manufacturing technologies for market-competitive organic photovoltaic modules
X10D aims to enable organic photovoltaics (OPV) to enter the competitive thin-film PV market. It will achieve this by pooling the knowledge and expertise of the leading research institutes and start-up companies in Europe, and is the first project of its kind to leverage this knowledge irrespective of the processing technology. It will use the strengths available in device efficiency and architectures in both solution processed as well as small molecule based OPV.
The objective for X10D is to develop efficient, low-cost, stable tandem organic solar cells by applying new designs, materials and manufacturing technologies to create market-competitive OPV modules. Therefore, X10D proposes to bring together partners that compose a complete and unique OPV research and development consortium, from academic partners, research centers, SMEs, and large companies. Together, the X10D partners cover each segment of the complete value chain: materials development and up scaling, device development and up scaling, large area deposition equipment and processes, novel transparent conductors, laser scribing equipment and processes, encapsulation technologies, energy, life-cycle, and cost analysis and finally end-users. The main objectives for X10D can be quantified more explicitly as:
- To increase the power conversion efficiency to achieve at least a 12% on cell level (1 cm²), and 9% on module level (100 cm²)
- To guarantee a minimum of 20 years life for OPV modules on glass, and 10 years on foil
- To decrease the cost under 0.70 €/Watt-peak
Photovoltaics (PV) has shown a tremendous growth in the last 10 years which has resulted in a continuous decrease of the total costs, making PV almost cost competitive with traditional energy sources. The primary focus has been on efficiency enhancement, volume expansion and cost reduction and to go to TW scale production.
Amsterdam — September 22, 2014 — At this week’s European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC 2014), nanoelectronics research center imec presents a fullerene-free organic photovoltaic (OPV) module of 160cm^2 achieving a conversion efficiency above 5 percent, and a semi-transparent OPV module with an efficiency above 4.5 percent. With both modules showing excellent electrical and optical properties, imec’s latest achievement in the upscaling of OPV cells into highly efficient and stable modules is an important step in realizing the product development of organic photovoltaics.