Cristóbal López, Ana Belén and Martí Vega, Antonio and Sala Pano, Gabriel and Bett, Andreas W. and Ekins-Daukes, Ned and Roca, Franco and Luque Heredia, Ignacio and Warmuth, Werner and Merten, Jens and Okada, Y. and Hishikawa, Y. and Takamoto, Tatsuya and Araki, Kenji and Fukuyama, A. and Kuze, N. and Kita, T. and Kotagiri, Akira and Yamaguchi, M. and Luque López, Antonio
NGCPV: A new generation of concentrator photovoltaic cells, modules and systems.
In: "Proc. 27th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference", 24/09/2012 - 28/09/2012, Frankfurt (Alemania). ISBN 3-936338-28-0. pp. 244-248.
This work introduces the lines of research that the NGCPV project is pursuing and some of the first results obtained. Sponsored by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Program and NEDO (Japan) within the first collaborative call launched by both Bodies in the field of energy, NGCPV project aims at approaching the cost of the photovoltaic kWh to competitive prices in the framework of high concentration photovoltaics (CPV) by exploring the development and assessment of concentrator photovoltaic solar cells and modules, novel materials and new solar cell structures as well as methods and procedures to standardize measurement technology for concentrator photovoltaic cells and modules. More specific objectives we are facing are: (1) to manufacture a cell prototype with an efficiency of at least 45% and to undertake an experimental activity, (2) to manufacture a 35% module prototype and elaborate the roadmap towards the achievement of 40%, (3) to develop reliable characterization techniques for III-V materials and quantum structures, (4) to achieve and agreement within 5% in the characterization of CPV cells and modules in a round robin scheme, and (5) to evaluate the potential of new materials, devices technologies and quantum nanostructures to improve the efficiency of solar cells for CPV.