PV OpMaat

Name of researcher:
dr. J. (Janne) Niemelä
Other researchers involved: dr. M. (Adriana) Creatore, prof. dr.ir. W.M.M. (Erwin) Kessels
Chair research belongs to: 
Building Performance
Strategic area: Energy
Envisaged research period: 2016-2017

PV OpMaat is a project aiming at integration of solar panels in buildings in more efficient, aesthetic and cheaper manner by bringing together a regional consortium constituting of Solliance, the Dutch SEAC, the Flemish EnergyVille, ECN TNO, imec, Holst Centre, Forschungszentrum Jülich, the universities of Eindhoven, Hasselt and Leuven, and ZUYD College.

The Project runs until 2018 with a budget of 7 million euros and is implemented within the framework of the cooperation program Interreg Flanders - Netherlands, with financial support from the European Regional Development Fund, the provinces of Noord-Brabant, Flemish Brabant, Flemish and Dutch Limburg, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, and the Ministry North Rhine-Westphalia.

The goal of the project is to demonstrate the manufacturability of customized thin-film photovoltaics with optimal integration into building elements such as roofs and windows. However, for efficient thin-film photovoltaics the role of physics of interfaces taking place between different material layers of a solar cell is emphasized. Therefore, in the framework of PV OpMaat, Plasma and Materials Processing group (PMP) at Department of Applied Physics of the TU/e focuses on materials’ interface engineering with atomic layer deposition (ALD) and plasma-assisted ALD. Of especial interest is the implementation of electron and hole-transport layers for perovskite solar cells as well as back-contact engineering for CIGS solar cells.