General information

SBO project
Started: 01/09/2010, Duration: 48 months
Status: Ended
Program: SOPPOM +
Project contact: Marc Meuris (IMEC)


Knowledge institutions: IMEC, KU Leuven, UAntwerpen, UGentUHasselt

Focus of this SBO project "PhyCIGS" is on:

  • Understanding the physics of a Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) photovoltaic (PV) stack, more specifically the electro-optical properties.
  • Only studying CIGS and Transparent Conductive Oxide (TCO) layers.

Objectives of the project:

  • Develop a baseline process for a CIGS solar cell stack to provide the SBO projects "absCIGS" and "weTCOat" with feedback about the performance.
  • Build technological understanding, to allow an investment in cell integration capability: this should provide feedback to the ICON project "CIGStack".

Challenges are:

  • Study and understand the interactions between the different layers and annealing conditions on the basis of printing technology for CIGS and TCO layers.
  • Development of working cells to provide SBO projects "absCIGS" and "weTCOat" with feedback.
  • Unravel the link between material synthesis, ink/paste formulations and post deposition treatment as to obtain the maximal efficient CIGS module and to understand the up scaling issues.

This project is part of:

Solution based processing for printed functionalities.

General information

Started: 01/10/2010
Program manager: Guido Desie (Agfa)