Imec has started work on Prima, the project under the European Union’s seventh framework program for ICT (FP7). The aim of the project is to improve the efficiency and cost of solar cells though the use of metallic nanostructures.
With IMEC as the project coordinator, Imperial College (London, UK), Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden), Photovoltech (Belgium), Quantasol (UK) and Australian National University (Australia) will work as project partners.
The aim of the project is to gain insight into the physical mechanisms of metallic nanostructures–in how they can improve the light absorption of the solar cell’s material–while also providing an opportunity for the project’s partners to study how these structures can best be integrated into the production of solar cells.
Metal nanostructures can improve the absorption in various types of cells, for example, crystalline Si cells, cells based on high-performance III-V semiconductors, or organic and dye-sensitized solar cells.