Next generation of building and product integrated photovoltaic modules

  • Energy and environment

Building- and product-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV and PIPV) are identified as key enabling technologies to make “near-zero energy buildings” and “net-zero energy districts” a reality. The mass adoption of BIPV and PIPV solutions can only be achieved by developing cost-efficient and sustainable thin-film technologies with unbeatable aesthetic functionalities, mechanical flexibility and optical tunability.

The EU-funded CUSTOM-ART project aims to develop the next generation of BIPV and PIPV modules based on abundant thin-film materials such as kesterites. The project will bring flexible and semi-transparent solar modules to a higher level of maturity (TRL 7), demonstrating very competitive conversion efficiencies (20 % at cell and 16 % at module levels) and increased durability (over 35 years), at a reduced production cost (less than EUR 75/m2).

By combining advanced strategies for material properties management, with customized module design in a circular economy approach, two types of products will be developed including flexible PV modules and semi-transparent PV devices. CUSTOM-ART will bring these technologies from TRL4-5 up to TRL7, demonstrating very competitive conversion efficiencies and durability (over 35 years), at a reduced production cost. They will exclusively use abundant elements and contribute to ensure the full sustainability and competitiveness of the European BIPV and PIPV Industry.

CUSTOM-ART is a H2020 funded project that stands for “Disruptive kesterites-based thin film technologies customised for challenging architectural and active urban furniture applications“. The kick-off meeting is held online from the 22nd to the 23rd of September, 2020.

The project has a total budget of 8M€ and will run for 42 months. It involves 17 partners across Europe that includes the world leading groups and main European actors involved in the development of kesterite technologies and Alejandro Pérez-Rodríguez from IREC is the coordinator of the project.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 952982.