The largest solar research institute in Europe, Fraunhofer ISE has been awarded project funds to join the US Sunshot Initiative.
The Sunshot Initiative aims to make solar generated electricity cost competitive by 2020. It aims to lower solar power down to US$0.06 per kWh in the US, to compete with fossil fuels.
The European research partner is part of the second round of the SunShot Foundational Program for advancing cell efficiency (F-PACE). Fraunhofer has worked for 30 years to develop the efficiency of solar cells and is one of three research partners not from the US to participate in the Sunshot Initiative. Fraunhofer will work with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Georgia Institute of Technology to improve silicon cells even further.
Dr. Stefan Glunz division director of development and characterisation at the Fraunhofer ISE said the research focus will be on “passivation strategies for solar cell contacts, emitter optimisation as well as improved light trapping in the solar cell”.
“Photovoltaics is a key player in the inevitable global energy transition to renewable energy sources and still holds potential for efficiency gains, which can be realised through international joint research efforts,” said Prof. Dr. Eicke Weber, director of Fraunhofer ISE since 2006 and former professor at the University of California, Berkeley.