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Project APOLLON

Multi-APprOach for high efficiency integrated and inteLLigent CONcentrating PV modules (Systems)

Multi-APprOach for high efficiency integrated and inteLLigent CONcentrating PV modules (Systems)

European Union

RSE SpA

WP Leader

2008-2013

Gianluca Timo´

ABSTRACT

APOLLON project concerns the optimisation and development of Point focus and Mirror based spectra splitting photovoltaic concentrating (CPV) systems (multiapproach). The different technology paths will be followed with due focalisation on the recognised critical issues in order to increase CPV efficiency, assure reliability, reduce cost and environmental impact. Multi-junction (MJ) solar cells will be manufactured by using new materials and deposition technologies, allowing reaching and even surpassing the MJ solar cell efficiency target set on the European Strategic Research Agenda on Concentration Photovoltaics.

Optimisation of Fresnel and Prismatic lens along with the development of new non-imaging, compact, high concentration, cell protecting optics will allow to get high optical efficiency and wide acceptance angles. New concepts will be applied for Mirror based spectra splitting systems which will eliminate the cooling needs. Both the optimised and the new technologies will be properly tested to get reliable long life time CPV systems. High Integration obtained with microelectronic and automotive light technologies for high throughput module assembly techniques, along with intelligent solutions for accurate, reliable, cost effective tracking and reduced mismatch losses will be addressed. Prototype systems will be developed for a full environmental and economical assessment finally leading to economically-attractive CPV.

APOLLON consortium involves all the actors’ chain, from Universities, Research Organisations, SMEs, Big Enterprises to End-Users.


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Timò Gianluca