Scientists from Spanish research institute AIMEN spent two days at ISC Konstanz to get training and experience in solar cell and module fabrication with a focus on photoluminescence (PL) and electroluminescence (EL) characterization of solar cells and modules. The ISC Konstanz laboratory facilities were used for the hands-on fabrication of small one-cell-modules.
Date and Venue: April 4th – April 6th 2016 at ISC-Konstanz, Germany
The Eco-Solar work package 3 technical meeting (M6) on solar cell processing, between ISC Konstanz, AIMEN and SoliTek is combined with a three days hands-on workshop on solar module fabrication and characterization related topics. The workshop is organized within the FaiERA project (for details see below) and will take place at ISC Konstanz.
Utilising solar cell materials that would otherwise end up on waste sites, is an important aim of the EU “EcoSolar” project, which is coordinated by SINTEF Research Scientist Martin Bellmann. Photo: SINTEF / Thor Nielsen
Europe wants to reduce its needs for raw materials and raise the level of recycling of resources in the solar power industry. If this project is successful, greenhouse gas emissions from solar panel manufacture will fall by 25 to 30 per cent.
“Our aim is that the solar cell industry should utilise materials that would otherwise end up on waste sites once solar cell panels are disposed of. We also want to make it possible to produce solar cell panels using less raw materials than we currently do.”
These are the words of SINTEF scientist Martin Bellmann, who coordinates the recently launched European Union project Eco-Solar. The project focuses on how the entire value chain in today’s solar power branch makes use of resources.