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BMBF Research project focused on transparent organic photovoltaic gets underway

The first application system in this project aims to achieve a transmittance of 15-30 % at an efficiency of 8-10%

26 Oct 2015 | Editor

The BMBF funded project "Transparent organic photovoltaic glass facade (TOP)" has been officially started. The project is being funded as part of the wider research initiative on organic electronics.

The objective of the project is to prove the utilisation and marketability of transparent OPV technology in the area of building glass facades on an exemplary application.

With a duration of three years the TOP project addresses the central topic of the smart energy supply in Germany and Europe. In Europe approx. 20 million m2 of glass surfaces are installed every year on building facades (e.g. office buildings). These surfaces offer the possibility to generate renewable energy, without a need of additional surfaces or installation space. Today these surfaces are not or only with limited access usable for the conventional photovoltaic technology. Transparent solar films which can easily be integrated in glass could solve this issue.

A large variety of applications can already be be realised with traditional non-transparent organic solar films, with transparent solar films the range of applications can be greatly extended with key applications found in skylight, windows, balustrades, UV protection glass and transparent facades in general.

Heliatek - Encapsulation of organic solar film

Figure: Heliatek - Encapsulation of organic solar film

Encapsulation of organic solar film © Heliatek

The consortium consists of AGC Glass Europe, CreaPhys GmbH, Fraunhofer FEP, Fraunhofer ISE, Heliatek GmbH, Lindner Fassaden GmbH and the University of Ulm.

The first application system in this project aims to achieve a transmittance of 15-30 % at an efficiency of 8-10%.

  • The university of Ulm and Heliatek perform research on the absorber system
  • CreaPhys cleans the materials and develops methods for monitoring during the whole production process
  • Heliatek and the Fraunhofer FEP will explore the production processes for the transparent top contact system and a pre-encapsulation system
  • Heliatek will develop and produce films
  • AGC Glass Europe will be integrate these films into a glass product
  • Lindner Group will install these glasses into a facade demonstrator
  • Fraunhofer ISE will identify and analyse the long-term stability of the produced films and active glasses

The German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) support with this initiative the research of organic electronics thereby to strengthen the good base and perpetuating the international marketability of German companies into medium and long term.

The TOP project is funded by the BMBF and part of the research program "Photonic Research Germany", funding code: 13N13702.

More information about the project at http://www.photonikforschung.de/forschungsfelder/organische-elektronik/organische-elektronik-grundlagen-der-technologie-und-anwendungsszenarien/

www.heliatek.com    www.agc-glass.eu    www.fep.fraunhofer.de    www.ise.fraunhofer.de    www.creaphys.com    www.lindner-group.com    www.uni-ulm.de   

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