During the last three years, the DISC project focused to fully exploit the potential of silicon to its maximum using the carrier selective contacts with very simple device architecture (non-patterned double-side contacted cells) with industrial feasible technologies. Although the target cell efficiency of 25.5% has not been achieved within the project’s duration due to unexpected bad interplay between the poly-Si based CSC and the TCO, a possible solution for this problem has been developed by applying TCO with hydrogen additives and by introducing post-annealing at elevated temperature.
Nevertheless, the excellent single components developed within the DISC project are also compatible with SHJ technology as recently demonstrated by CEA-INES with 24.4 % SHJ solar cell. Furthermore, the DISC project contributed to strengthening the PV industry in Europe, since the industry partners like Meyer Burger, Von Ardenne and Meco successfully exploited the project outcomes to their equipment and to manufacturing plant of Ecosolifer.
The main achievements of the DISC project are:
The DISC project together with the NextBase and Ampere projects presented the main results of the three projects in a High Efficiency Approaches in Crystalline Silicon PV Workshop today in Le Bourget du Lac in France.
In addition to research and exploitation presentations of the three projects, there were excellent invited talks about the future of photovoltaics in Europe:
The general assembly meeting at the end of the project was hosted by CEA-INES in Chambery, France on Sep 24 2019. The effort of the consortium members during the last six months was focused in pushing the limits to reach the project goals.
The DISC project is present at the European Photovoltaic conference at Marseille France this week.
The research results will be presented with 7 contributions:
As the DISC project is comming to the end, we are cordialy inviting you to attend the final workshop ‘High Efficiency Approaches in Crystalline Silicon PV’.
The workshop will be organized jointly by three Horizon 2020 project in the field of Photovoltaics: (DISC, AMPERE, and NextBase). During the wokrshop main R&D results of the projects will be presented accompanied with market and industrial section in the afternoon, where the future of PV in EU will be discussed. The workshop will be held on the 25th of September 2019 in Chambery, France.
You can find detailed information here.
The general assembly meeting at month 30 was hosted by MECO in Drunen, The Netherlands on Apr 2-3 2019. Most of the effort in this project period was put into integration of different components with supporting research and development from base work packages.
The DISC project will present some of its result at the Silicon PV 2019 conference in Leuven, Belgium between April 8 and 10.
We will be present with 5 scientific contributions: