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Luxembourg solar panel research receives 10 million euros in EU funding
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Luxembourg solar panel research receives 10 million euros in EU funding

10.05.2012 From our online archive
The University of Luxembourg’s Laboratory of Photovoltaics is part of a consortium of 14 partners who have received 10 million euros from the European Union to develop technologies for more efficient and cheaper solar cells.

(CS) The University of Luxembourg’s Laboratory of Photovoltaics is part of a consortium of 14 partners who have received 10 million euros from the European Union to develop technologies for more efficient and cheaper solar cells.

With sustainable and green energy in increasing demand, Europe is substantially investing in alternative energy research.

Investing in solar panel research could put Europe ahead of the curb as an emerging global leader, with solar panels currently still quite expensive to produce.

The University of Luxembourg's Laboratory of Photovoltaics is part of a group of academic partners who have formed the Scalenano research project, aiming to “increase the competitiveness of this technology,” as Dr Phillip Hale, Head of the Electrodeposition Group within The Laboratory of Photovoltaics, explained.

The Scalenano team in Luxembourg led by Dr. Dale will use cutting-edge research tools to specifically examine how to improve the process of combining and baking the chemicals to form the required solar cell materials, using a rapid thermal annealing furnace. By reducing the time needed for baking, less energy is required, thus reducing the cost of producing solar cells.

The project has just begun and will run until 2015. “We are excited to get started and are confident we have the tools and the capacity to significantly contribute. We look forward to collaborating well with our research partners,” said Dr. Dale, an ATTRACT fellow funded by the Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg (FNR).

Bridging academics, research institutes and industry

The consortium brings together partners working together across Europe, including five research institutes:

  • Catalonia Institute for Energy Research
  • EMPA Swiss Federal Laboratories Materials Science and Technology
  • Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
  • Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
  • Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin

…four universities:

  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Luxembourg
  • Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana
  • Free University Berlin

...and four industry partners:

  • Merck KgaA
  • Nexcis Photovoltaic Technology
  • Innovative Materials Processing Technologies Ltd.
  • Semilab