Nextbase

The NextBase project aims at demonstrating that interdigitated back contacted silicon heterojunction (IBC-SHJ) solar cells and modules with highest efficiencies can be produced at competitive costs. To this end, the NextBase project targets development of next-generation c-Si solar cells and modules going far beyond state-of-the-art with industry compatible approaches. In particular, a number of new designs, new generations of materials and process innovations throughout the wafer, cell and module fabrication that go beyond state-of-the-art will be introduced into the device to achieve the targeted efficiency values.

Status

Closed project

Period

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The NextBase project, involving 8 research institutions and 6 companies, deals with the development of innovative high-performance c-Si solar cells and modules based on the interdigitated back-contacted silicon heterojunction (IBC-SHJ) solar cell concept targeting cells with efficiency above 26.0% and corresponding solar modules with efficiency above 22.0%. In particular, a number of new design and process innovations throughout the wafer, cell and module fabrication that go beyond the state-of-the-art will be introduced into the device to achieve the targeted efficiency values. At the same time, the NextBase project pursues the development of a new industrial manufacturing tool and low-cost processes for the IBC-SHJ solar cells enabling a competitive IBC-SHJ solar module cost of < 0.35 €/Wp.

NextBase addresses the whole value chain of high efficiency c-Si PV technology:

Approach

Approach NextBase
Eszter Voroshazi

Contact

Eszter Voroshazi

R&D team leader - PV Module Technologies at EnergyVille/imec