SINTEF is a broadly based, multidisciplinary research foundation that possesses international top-level expertise in technology, medicine and the social sciences, and our aim is to become the most renowned contract research institution in Europe. SINTEF is an independent, non-commercial organisation. The contract research covers all scientific and technical areas, and ranges from fundamental research through applied research to commercialization of results into new products. The profits of our contract research projects are invested in new research, scientific equipment and competence development. SINTEF has a close collaboration with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim and the University of Oslo (UiO).
SINTEF Materials and Chemistry (MC), a contract research institute within the SINTEF foundation, offering high competence within materials technology, applied chemistry, and applied biology. The Department of Solar Cell Silicon is heavily involved in, and puts strategic emphasis on, solar cells material research. During the last 10 years it has upgraded the competence and invested in equipment related to solar cells material research. The main solar cell research areas are; production and refining, crystallization, wafering, characterization, modelling and use of materials in solar cell manufacturing. The Department of New Energy Solutions has a vast experience and project portfolio in various energy conversion areas, including e.g. fuel cell technology, batteries, supercapacitors, and electrolysers. In the last years it has initiated activities in the field of lithium-ion batteries (LIB), focusing on graphite and silicon anodes, silicate-based cathodes and Mg batteries. In addition the department does consulting and testing of batteries and electrical cells for industrial partners. At SINTEF MC, an interdisciplinary group is devoted to industrial gas emissions monitoring. Recently, substantial investments in state of the art portable gas analysis equipment have been realized. The complete instrument pool has been successfully applied for measurements of emissions from a series of industrial processes.

Main task in Eco-Solar Factory
SINTEF MC will be the project coordinator. In addition, SINTEF will bring to the project the know-how on silicon crystallisation of sc-Si and mc-Si, wafer sawing (loose abrasive sawing and fixed abrasive sawing), gas emissions monitoring and synthesis and characterization of batteries and electrical cells. SINTEF will take part in different technical WP’s, including (i) WP1 as WP leader on utilizing argon gas recovery and re-usable silicon nitride crucibles in silicon ingot production and material characterisation, (ii) WP2 on wafer sawing of crystallised Si-ingots, crystallising Si-ingots from recovered silicon kerf, evaluating the performance of re-usable silicon nitride crucibles and LIB anodes from recovered silicon kerf, (iii) providing data for LCA and LCI.

CV of persons who will primarily be involved in the project

Senior Research Scientist Dr. Martin P. Bellmann (M) (Phd in Metallurgy of Nonferrous Metals and High-Pure Materials) will be the coordinator for Eco-solar project. He has a long experience as a project manager and has lead central activities in several National and International R&D projects. He has background in crystal growth from the melt and computational fluid dynamics. He represents Norway in the European Network of Crystal Growth (ENCG). He is author and co-author of more than 18 SCI papers.

Senior Research Scientist Dr. Tommy Mokkelbost is specialized within synthesis and characterization of materials for a wide range of applications such as PEM water electrolysis, fuel cells, batteries, capacitors and CCS technologies. He has significant project management experience, both from national and European projects and is currently the WP leader in FCH-JU projects, Norwegian project leader in an project and other national projects.

Research Scientist John Atle Bones (M) is specialized within the Czochralski process. His research interests include advanced control systems for crystal growth. He has been working very closely with the Norwegian PV industry on process development and optimization for many years, most lately as Program Manager for a portfolio of improvement projects.

Financial officer Tove L. Hønstad (F) will be responsible for the SINTEFs administrative, financial and legal issues related to the project. She is in charge of the SINTEF EU project support office and has many years of experience with reporting on EU projects, both as coordinator and project partner.