Oerlikon Solar, a supplier of thin-film silicon photovoltaic production equipment, is leading a research project called PEPPER that has received a grant under the Framework Programme for Research of the European Union.
The aim of the project is to further enhance performance and decrease costs of thin-film silicon modules within the next three years. Additionally, the project will assess and reduce the environmental impact of the overall module production process, Oerlikon Solar says.
Other production partners include the Photovoltaics Laboratory of the Institute of Microengineering at EPFL (Switzerland), the Universities of Northumbria (U.K.) and Patras (Greece), Bosch Solar Thin Film, Heliosphera and Linde.
SOURCE: Oerlikon Solar