We also have lab infrastructure in other locations.
The PV solar cell lab is located at imec, Leuven and offers fabrication and characterisation of mono-crystalline silicon solar cells with state-of-the-art equipment. As such, it is well-suited to evaluate and process both standard and new materials in the silicon solar cell value chain: evaluation of silicon wafer material, novel wet chemical processes, advanced diffusion, surface passivation dielectrics and metallisation schemes. The versatility of the equipment allows both process improvement for standard silicon solar cells as well as development of advanced cell technologies. Simulation expertise at process and cell level is also available. Statistical methodologies for continuous improvement of the critical cell parameters have been developed. All technologies are developed and applied on industrial M2-sized silicon solar cell wafers.
The dust wind tunnel from KU Leuven has been specially designed to study dust dynamics and provides solutions to understand and mitigate soiling problems in various environments and climates. We can also test your instruments and devices under harsh (windy and/or dusty) conditions. The environmental dust wind tunnel allows reproducible and reliable testing under strictly controlled conditions.
Our key competence relates to the synthesis and characterisation of organic and hybrid organic-inorganic semiconducting materials and their integration in opto-electronic devices with focus on photovoltaic and healthcare applications, hereby pursuing rational structure-property relations. The materials chemistry and (device) physics expertise related to organic and hybrid semiconductors, and the state-of-the-art research infrastructure available at the Institute for Materials Research imo-imomec, is unique in the Flemish/Belgian landscape and is competitive on the highest European level, as can be seen from our representation in various national and international networks, research programs and projects.
This lab provides an ideal environment for an efficient screening and evaluation of the new concept materials and electrode architectures for electrochemical energy storage and conversion applications. A wide range of processing equipment, as well as equipment for electrochemical characterisation is available to weigh the pros and cons of the candidate materials or concepts at lab scale. For electrochemical energy storage applications, our infrastructure supports the whole processing flow, from raw materials till coin cells, which can then also be electrochemically tested on-site. Apart from (temperature dependent) cycling tests, also more advanced electrochemical characterisation such as electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and in-operando Raman spectroscopy measurements are possible.