Partners

Role in the project
Coordination and Managment. High efficiency solar cells, absorbers synthesis, doping, advanced characterization.
Short description
IREC constitutes a research organization committed to carry out, promote, spread, transfer and improve research activities in the energy and environment sectors of knowledge and applications. The group involved in this project is the Solar Energy Materials and Systems (SEMS) group, with a strong know-how and experience in the development, fabrication and characterization of chalcogenide based PV devices, including a deep expertise in the synthesis and characterisation of kesterite semiconductors and kesterite based solar cells and their advanced assessment by Raman scattering based techniques.
Team

Prof. Dr. Alejandro Pérez-Rodríguez

aperezr@irec.cat

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: General Coordinator. WP1, WP2, WP3, WP6, WP7. Absorbers synthesis and materials characterization.

Background: Head of the Solar Energy Materials and Systams Group at IREC. Coordinator of SCALENANO (FP7-NMP4-LA-2011-284486), INDUCIS (FP7-PEOPLE-IAPP-2011-285897) and TECH4WIN (H2020-LC-SC3-2018-Joint-Actions-3-826002). 298 published papers, more than 7280 citations, h-index= 48 (11/2020).

Dr. Victor Izquierdo-Roca

vizquierdo@upc.edu

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: WP1, WP2, WP3. Advanced characterization.

Background: Responsible of the Characterization Lab at the Solar Energy Materials and System Group of IREC. Coordinator of SolarWin project (H2020-EIC-FTI-2018-2020- 870004). 176 published papers, more than 5270 citations, h-index= 42 (11/2020).

Dr. Sergio Giraldo

sgiraldo@irec.cat

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: WP1, WP3. Absorbers synthesis and solar cells assembly.

Background: Expert in kesterite thin film technologies, currently coordinating INFINITE-CELL project (H2020-MSCA-RISE-2017-777968). 61 published papers, more than 800 citations, h-index= 15 (11/2020).

Alex Jiménez Arguijo

ajimenez@irec.cat

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: WP1, WP2, WP3. Absorbers synthesis and selective contacts.

Background: Bachelor in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Autonomous University of Barcelona (2019) and Master in Nanophysics and Advanced Materials Complutense University of Madrid (2020).

Role in the project
Development of alloying strategies for kesterite, and electrons and holes selective contacts by PVD techniques.
Short description
The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) (www.upc.edu) is a public institution of research and higher education in the fields of engineering, architecture, sciences and technology, and one of the leading technical universities in Europe. Every year, more than 6,000 bachelor’s and master’s students and more than 500 doctoral students graduate.
Under the current Horizon 2020 programme (2014-2020), to date the UPC has been granted 202 projects, coordinating 54 (10 of them are funded by the European Research Council). The UPC also has 46 projects (coordinating 7) funded by other European programmes. All of these projects have a total EU financial contribution of EUR 76,8 million.
UPC-BarcelonaTech, coordinator and promoting entity of Energy Campus, is a modern university excelling in higher education and research, with a campus open to life and learning and totally committed with the sustainable development of the environment.
UPC is aware of both its role in the socioeconomic development system and of the importance of being part, in a global world, of international alliances and consortiums in crosscutting areas such as energy. Therefore, UPC presents this project in collaboration with some of the most representative institutions of the Spanish scientific and technological scenario in this discipline: IREC and CIEMAT. UPC’s international vision along with its efforts focused on the energetic sector give as a result the coordination of the CC Iberia of the KIC InnoEnergy, where IREC and CIEMAT are also partners.
The strategic lines of this project are fully in tune with the frame set up by the regional, national and European policies, to be precise with the Lisbon Treaty (EU), the «Ley de Economía Sostenible» & “Estrategia Universidad 2015”  (Spanish Government) and the “Pacte Nacional per a la Recerca i la Innovació” (Government of Catalonia).
Team

Prof. Dr. Edgardo Saucedo

edgardo.saucedo@upc.edu

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Scientific coordinator. WP1, WP2, WP3, WP6. Absorbers synthesis and materials characterization.

Background: Coordinator of KESTCELLS (FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-2012-316488), STARCELL (H2020-NMBP-03-3026-720907) and INFINITE-CELL (H2020-MSCA-RISE-2017-777968). Granted with the ERC-Consolidator SENSATE (H2020-ERC-CoG-2019-866018). 226 published papers, more than 5200 citations, h-index= 39 (11/2020).

Prof. Dr. Joaquim Puigdolers

joaquim.puigdollers@upc.edu

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: WP1, WP2, WP3. Absorbers synthesis and selective contacts.

Background: Head of the Photovoltaic Group at UPC, expert in c-Si and selective contacts for emerging thin film PV technologies. 142 published papers, more than 2450 citations, h-index= 27 (11/2020).

Prof. Dr. Cristóbal Voz

cristobal.voz@upc.edu

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: WP1, WP2, WP3. Absorbers synthesis and selective contacts.

Background: Expert in c-Si and selective contacts for emerging thin film PV technologies. 134 published papers, more than 2300 citations, h-index= 27 (11/2020).

Alejandro Navarro Güell

alejandro.navarro@upc.edu

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: WP1, WP2, WP3. Absorbers synthesis and selective contacts.

Background: Materials Engineer by the University of Barcelona (2020). Master in Photonics by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (2020-2021).

Role in the project
Fabrication of Kesterite materials, integration into solar cells and advanced characterization.
Short description
Imec is active in world class research on nano-electronics and nanotechnology. Imec’s research is focusing on renewable energy, improved health care, smart electronics, and safer transport. The PV activity is developing low cost, scalable and high efficiency solar cell technologies, and the key areas of attention are thin-film solar cells (in the frame of Solliance, www.solliance.eu) and silicon-based solar cells. This research is using the vast know-how of imec on semiconductor physics, processing, and analysis. The Thin-Film PV group has a track record of over 15 years. It started in the field of organic solar cells but has now its main activities based on chalcogenide and perovskite thin film solar cells. In the case of chalcogenide thin film solar cells, the team is focusing on the development of materials for application in high efficiency and low-cost tandem PV devices and advanced solar cell designs. World record solar cell efficiencies have been obtained in the case of high band gap kesterites (i.e. Cu2ZnGe(S,Se)4) and also other materials are developed to state-of-the-art level. In addition, the team is strong in novel characterization techniques for thin film PV, e.g. bias dependent admittance spectroscopy or CVf mapping.
Team

Prof. Dr. Bart Vermang

bart.vermang@imec.be

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Principal investigator for imec’s contributions.

Background: Main coordinator for SWInG (H2020, GRANT NUMBER: 640868), Uniting PV (ERC, GRANT NUMBER: 715027) and PERCISTAND (H2020, GRANT NUMBER: 850937).

Member of the Belgian Young Academy, ERC grantee, more than 80 published papers, h-index= 17 (Scopus – 09/2020).

Dr. Guy Brammertz

guy.brammertz@imec.be

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Scientific contributor in WP1, WP2 and WP3.
Absorber synthesis and materials characterization.

Background: Scientific contributor in several EU projects: DUALLOGIC (FP7-ICT-2007-1), SWING (H2020-LCE-2014-1-640868), ARCIGS-M (H2020-NMBP-17-2016-720887), Tech4Win (H2020-EU.3.3.5-826002).
More than 200 published papers, more than 4000 citations, h-index= 35 (09/2020).

Role in the project
Empa will participate within WP1 including the following tasks. Fabrication and characterization of thin film CZTSSe absorber layers and devices by various methods. Investigation on correlation between absorber composition (Sn and alkali metals interplay) and performance. Testing of back and front contacts as well as high-temperature annealing on suitable rigid and flexible substrates.
Empa will also contribute to WP3, with main task the process development, fabrication and optimization of monolithically interconnected thin film modules by laser patterning.
Short description
As an interdisciplinary research institute of the ETH Domain, Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, conducts cutting-edge materials and technology research. Our research and development activities focus on meeting the requirements of industry and the needs of society, and thus link applications-oriented research to the practical implementation of new ideas in the areas of nanostructured, “smart” materials and surfaces, energy, sustainable building and environmental technologies as well as medical technology and solutions for personalized medicine. Empa employs more than 1000 staff, of which about 30% are female; about 250 are PhD students.
The mission of the Laboratory for Thin Films and Photovoltaics is to develop next generation of high-performance thin film solar cells, batteries and opto-electronic devices, novel functionalities and applications for affordable energy-sustainable future with the aim to provide impactful solutions for the benefits to industry and society. The laboratory holds the efficiency record for flexible CIGS solar cells. With kesterite technology, Empa reached efficiencies up to 12.2% (active area) through lithium addition via a non-vacuum precursor synthesis route, close to the 12.6% world record.
Team

Prof. Dr. Ayodhya N. Tiwari

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: WP1, WP3. Absorber synthesis, contacts investigation, materials characterization, and realization of monolithic interconnections.

Background: Head of the Laboratory for Thin Films and Photovoltaics at Empa. His lab is involved in R&D of different types of thin film solar cells and holds the efficiency record for flexible CIGS solar cells. He is an adjunct professor at ETH Zurich. He is the co-founder of the company Flisom involved in Roll-to-Roll manufacturing of monolithically connected lightweight flexible CIGS solar modules.

Dr. Romain Carron

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: WP1, WP3. Absorber synthesis, contacts investigation, materials characterization, and realization of monolithic interconnections.

Background: Group leader in the Laboratory for Thin Films and Photovoltaics (Empa). His research interests center on thin film chalcogenide photovoltaics, with a focus on absorbers and device fabrication, as well on optical, electrical and material characterization.

Role in the project
Leader of WP1 ,»High efficiency solar cells» and Task 1.2 «Doping and alloying strategies for CZTS solar cell efficiency enhancement». Participant in WP3 «Modules fabrication», WP5 «Cost analysis, recycling, LCA and societal acceptance analysis»,  WP6 «Exploitation and dissemination» and WP7 «Management and coordination».
The main role of TalTech in the CUSTOM-ART project is to take the performance of the kesterite monograin layer solar cells to the next level towards high efficiencies. This will be targeted by implementation of new strategies in the materials synthesis and post-treatments as well as through the advancements in the design of the monograin layer solar cell device.
Short description
Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) is the only flagship in engineering and IT science and education in Estonia, providing higher education at all levels in engineering and technology, information technology, economics, science, and maritime. TalTech’s mission is to be a promoter of science, technology, and innovation and a leading provider of engineering and economic education in Estonia.
The research activities of the Laboratory of Photovoltaic Materials Research in TalTech (Head of the lab: Dr. Marit Kauk-Kuusik) are dedicated to the synthesis and the design of the properties of semiconductor powders as absorber materials for next-generation solar cells. This is a unique concept that is protected by several patents. Developed materials are complex semiconductor compounds, but they contain mainly earth abundant and low cost chemical elements, providing environmentally friendly solutions with versatile applications.
The Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials Physics in TalTech (Head of the lab: Dr. Maarja Grossberg) focuses on the synthesis and studies of fundamental physical properties of semiconductors for optoelectronic applications. Current research is focused on the fundamental and applied studies of different novel absorber materials for solar cells including Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4, CuSb(S,Se)2, Sb2Se3, and 2D materials such as WS2, MoSe2 etc. Research infrastructure enables to produce materials by physical deposition methods (PLD, sputtering etc.) and to explore the band structure, crystal and defect structure, phase and elemental composition, morphology, electrical and optical properties of the materials and devices.
Team

Prof. Dr. Maarja Grossberg

maarja.grossberg@taltech.ee

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Coordinator of WP1 and participant in WP3, WP5, WP6, WP7. Materials and device characterization.

Background: Head of Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials Physics in TalTech. Specialist in optoelectronic characterization of materials and devices for photovoltaic applications. PI in TalTech for following projects: Centre of Research Excellence TK141 (2016-2023), FP7 project CHEETAH (2014-2017, EC grant no 609788), IUT 1928 (2014-2019) and several other.

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Senior researcher, Dr. Marit Kauk-Kuusik

marit.kauk-kuusik@taltech.ee

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: WP1 and WP3. CZTS absorber surface modification and development of advanced buffer layers for CZTSSe MGL SC.

Background: Head of Laboratory of Photovoltaic Materials Research in TalTech. Specialist in the field of PV materials synthesis by various methods (crystal growth using solid state synthesis, thin film deposition by sputtering etc.) with a significant contribution to the development of the monograin layer solar cells technology. Investigator in FP7 project CHEETAH (2014-2017, EC grant no 609788), Centre of Research Excellence TK141 (2016-2023) and other.

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Prof. Dr. Jüri Krustok

juri.krustok@ttu.ee

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: WP1 and WP3. Optical and electrical characterization of materials and solar cells, studies of defects.

Background: Expert of electrical and optical characterization of semiconductors and optoelectronic devices. PI of EU projects: PV-Catapult (2003−2006), PERFORMANCE (2006-2009), investigator in EU project CHEETAH (2014-2017) and Centre of Research Excellence project TK141 (2016-2023).

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Senior researcher, Dr. Kristi Timmo

kristi.timmo@ttu.ee

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: WP1 and WP3– kesterite monograin powder synthesis and post-growth treatments.

Background: Specialist in the field of flux assisted growth of photovoltaic materials in the form of powder crystals and crystal growth using solid state synthesis; post-growth chemical etching and heat treatments in different conditions. A significant contribution to the development of the monograin powder technology.  Investigator in FP7 project CHEETAH (2014-2017, EC grant no 609788), Centre of Research Excellence TK141 (2016-2023) and other.

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Researcher, Dr. Katri Muska

katri.muska@taltech.ee

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: WP1 and WP3 – precursor preparation, kesterite monograin powder synthesis and post-growth treatments.

Background: Specialist in the field of flux assisted growth of semiconductor materials in the form of powder crystals; post-growth chemical etching and heat treatments in different conditions. In 2009-2017, a development engineer and in 2017-2020, the head of powder production in crystalsol OÜ.

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Researcher, Dr. Maris Pilvet

maris.pilvet@taltech.ee

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: WP1 – development of the monograin powder membranes and contacts for kesterite monograin layer solar cells.

Background: Specialist in monograin layer solar cell device preparation, namely membrane technology, development of TCO by magnetron sputtering and back contacts. Investigator in FP7 project CHEETAH (2014-2017, EC grant no 609788), Centre of Research Excellence TK141 (2016-2023) and other.

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Researcher, Dr. Taavi Raadik

taavi.raadik@taltech.ee

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: WP1 – Optical and electrical characterization of materials and solar cells.

Background: Expert of optical and electrical characterization of semiconductor materials and solar cells. Postdoc in European Space Agency, investigator in FP7 project CHEETAH (2014-2017, EC grant no 609788), Centre of Research Excellence TK141 (2016-2023) and other.

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Researcher, Dr. Mati Danilson

mati.danilson@taltech.ee

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: WP1 – electrical characterization of solar cells and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis of materials and device interfaces.

Background: Expert of electrical characterization of solar cells and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Investigator in FP7 project CHEETAH (2014-2017, EC grant no 609788), Centre of Research Excellence TK141 (2016-2023) and other.

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Senior researcher, Dr. Olga Volobujeva

olga.volobujeva@taltech.ee

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: WP1 – materials and device characterization by SEM methods.

Background: Experienced microscopist and expert in development of thin films of chalcogenide materials for photovoltaic applications by various methods. Responsible member of more than 15 international and national programmes and projects. Experience in leading the national projects.

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Researcher, Dr. Souhaib Oueslati

souhaib.oueslati@taltech.ee

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: WP1 and WP3 – materials and devices characterization.

Background: Research and development engineer in crystalsol OÜ company in 2016-2019. Postdoc at TalTech with MOBJD308 project (2017−2019) and awarded a personal research grant PSG441 (01.01.2020−31.12.2020)».

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Senior researcher, Dr. Valdek Mikli

valdek.mikli@taltech.ee

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: WP1 – Materials and device characterization with microscopy methods – SEM, AFM etc.

Background: Experienced microscopist, more than a decade of experience in PV materials and device characterization by SEM, AFM, and TEM. Investigator in FP7 project CHEETAH (2014-2017, EC grant no 609788), Centre of Research Excellence TK141 (2016-2023) and other.

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PhD student Xiaofeng Li

xiaofeng.li@taltech.ee

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: WP1 – alloying of kesterite monograin powders.

Background: Experience in kesterite monograin powder synthesis from 2018 starting from the Master studies.

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Role in the project
Absorber optimization, reaction pathways, alloying strategies, device optimization.
Short description
The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg was founded in 1973, making it one of Germany‘s young universities. The University of Oldenburg is preparing 16,000 students for professional life. It offers a broad range of disciplines, from language studies, cultural studies and the humanities to educational sciences, art and musicology, the economic and social sciences, mathematics, computer science, the natural sciences and medicine & health science programs.
The research group Ultrafast Nanoscale Dynamics (UND) is part of the Institute of Physics at the University of Oldenburg, Germany. The UND group is headed by Prof. Sascha Schäfer (Chair), the subsection for Functional Materials and Photovoltaics is headed by Dr. Levent Gütay (Principle Investigator). The research group carries out investigations on a broad range of research topics related to the field of fundamental and applied solid state physics. Among these are the synthesis and characterization of thin films, two-dimensional transition-metal chalcogenide materials and solar cells. A range of fundamental investigations is carried out by a TEM based approach for time resolved imaging in the femtosecond regime of fundamental processes on the nanoscale. Specifically in photovoltaics research, the group has over a decade of experience (formerly within the “Energy and Semiconductor Research Department” under recently retired Chair Prof. Jürgen Parisi and the junior research group “Laboratory of Chalcogenide Photovoltaics headed by Dr. Levent Gütay) on synthesis of chalcogenide semiconductor thin films, their opto-electronic characterization and semiconductor device modelling.
Team

Dr. Levent Gütay

levent.guetay@uol.de

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Coordinator of task WP 1.1. Absorbers synthesis and materials characterization, main involvements in WP1 and WP3.

Background: Coordinator and consortial leader of kesterite research project “Free-Inca”  (funded by German Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF 03SF0530A).  65 published papers, more than 1800 citations, h-index=22 (09/2020 google-scholar).

Dr. Devendra Pareek

devendra.pareek@uol.de

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: As a Post-Doc scientist, handling the research activities for solar cell fabrication and material characterization.

Background: Material scientist with chemical engineering background. As a PI and Co-PI, handled 7 projects on renewable energy system (funded by Govt. of India and World Bank). Experienced in start-up establishment. Published various papers on renewable energy domains (h-index:7, google scholar). Holding patent on kesterite Cu2ZnSnTe4 material and thinfilm preparation.

David Nowak

david.nowak@uol.de

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Contribution to task WP 1.1. Absorbers synthesis and materials characterization, main involvements in WP1.

Background: Master thesis in CZTSe field, continuing PhD and working on CZTSe based solar cells. Partially involved in “Free-Inca”.

Role in the project
Crystalsol has patented an entirely new type of cost-efficient, flexible and transparent photovoltaic technology that combines the advantages of high efficiency monocrystalline material and low cost roll-to-roll module production. crystalsol’s semi-finished modules allow a full integration into building elements at a semi-finished product price of 16 €/m² offers a huge competitive advantage, resulting in an enormous potential in the BIPV market. Additionally, this would allow BIPV products to compete with the standard building elements (like facades without PV).

 

Crystalsol already has a demo-line for the production of the modules, but further improvements are to be carried out to meet the demands of this highly challenging market:
  • Scaling up crystalsol’s unique semiconductor powder production to commercial volumes;
  • Assuring a high conversion efficiency and raw material utilization rate in the large scale production;
  • Assuring compliance with relevant industry standards and certifying the product by an external certification body; complete unique roll-to-roll production process.

 

These steps help crystalsol to provide the world’s first truly integrable and economically viable BIPV modules and reach the global market that is anticipated to surge to €9,9 billion by 2027.
Short description
Crystalsol’s monograin-technology is a very different approach for future flexible photovoltaic solutions compared to the current products available on the market. Small crystals, also known as CZTS monograins, are synthetized from the abundant raw materials copper, zinc, tin and sulphur. These tiny crystals (monograins), typically with a diameter smaller than 100μm, are assembled in a polymer thin film, leading to the creation of what is then called a monograin membrane. This is a completely new production process for photovoltaic modules and was developed by crystalsol within the last 10 years. A full vacuum free roll-to-roll production is the ultimate goal of this challenging journey carried out by crystalsol’s efforts, the only developer of this specific PV-technology.

 

The project is carried out by crystalsol, consisting of two related legal entities, OÜ and GmbH. The project is a joint effort of the two entities according to their individual roles in the daily operations of crystalsol, whereas OÜ is responsible for powder development and production, GmbH focuses on module development and sales. The international team consists of material scientists, chemists, physicists, mechanical and electrical engineers, engineers of renewable energies and other relevant specialists that share a high-level expertise with academic and industrial background in both PV materials and printing technologies.
Team

Dr. Dieter Meissner

Co-founder and Chief Scientist

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Responsible for guiding the R&D process and university co-operations, most importantly with the Tal Tech.

Background: Dieter started to work with Monograin Membranes in 1979 with the Philips research group, and took over the technology in the early 1990s. He has been working on different types of solar technologies at different universities and research institutions in Europe, Asia, and the United States and has been involved in development projects with several solar companies.

Dr. Kaia Ernits

Head of Powder Development, PhD (Material Sciences)

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Responsible for improvements of the absorber efficiency and the upscaling of the monograin production.

Background: Completed her PhD at the Tallinn University of Technology`s (TUT) Department of Material Sciences in November 2009. She joined crystalsol in September 2009, was one of the first employees in the company and nowadays leads the R&D activities in OÜ.

Stefan Gahr, MSc

Senior Development Engineer, MSc (Renewable Energy)

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Leader of WP3 (upscaling), coordination and engineering of printed flexible PV production process.

Background: Works at crystalsol since 2011 as a member of the material and then lead of process development. Responsible for R&D for the production of monograin membranes, polymer adaptation and characterisation.

Dr. Stefan Edinger

Development Engineer, PhD (Technical Sciences), MSc (Material Chemistry

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Responsible for the introduction of a vacuum free front electrode.

Background: Works at crystalsol since September 2017. He is an expert in the development of vacuum-free deposition process for the front electrode  (solution-based front-contact processes); has experience with production of metal oxides, with sol-gel methods, chemical bath deposition and spray pyrolysis, as well as chemical, structural and optoelectrical analysis of metal oxides.

Role in the project
Our expertise is a thorough and systematic investigation of structure-property correlations of quaternary chalcogenide compound semiconductors, amongst them kesterite-type materials.
We will develop strategies for point defect and structural disorder engineering by correlating Cu-Zn disorder and intrinsic point defects concentrations with device properties. Also we will study the influence of alkali doping on the point defect scenario and level of structural disorder. These studies will rely on detailed structural investigations of kesterite-type monograins (based on neutron diffraction and multiple energy anomalous X-ray diffraction).
We will exploit possibilities for band gap tuning to an optimal value around 1.2 – 1.3 eV using different alloying strategies (cation and anion mutation). The obtained compound semiconductors will be characterized in detail concerning their structural and optoelectronic properties. Also we will develop strategies for band gap engineering by implementing a band gap gradient toward the back contact to reduce recombination.

 

We have sound expertise in the synthesis of powder material as well as to process thin films. We also can make use of a combinatorial approach for fast exploration of different doping, alloying, annealing, pre- and after treatment combinations.
To partners of the consortium we can offer depth-resolved structural and microstructural investigations of absorber thin films by GIXRD as well as study of optoelectronic properties by e. g. PL imaging.
Short description
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB) is one of 19 research centres that have consolidated in the Helmholtz Association. The centres of the Helmholtz Association have conducted their research and development since 2001 together in the programmes of the six Helmholtz research areas.
HZB investigates and develops materials for a sustainable energy supply. For this purpose, we operate the synchrotron facility BESSY II as well as several core labs, which offer an enormous variety of analytical methods for investigating materials. The unique research environment at BESSY II is also attractive for external users from all over the world.  HZB is today one of the largest non-university research centres in Berlin.
Considerable focus of the research efforts at HZB has been on gaining an understanding of growth processes for high quality semiconductor thin films as this is considered a prerequisite for the development of scalable and economic thin film deposition. HZB has also worked extensively on thin device fabrication and analysis including upscaling and prototyping to larger areas.
Team

Prof. Dr. Susan Schorr

susan.schorr@helmholtz-berlin.de

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Coordination of HZB’s activities in the project, investigation of crystal structure and structural disorder in monograins, structural and microstructural investigations of thin film absorber layers (provided by project partners).

Background: PI in PVICOKEST (FP7-PEOPLE-2010-IRSES-), KESTCELLS (FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-2012-316488), STARCELL (H2020-NMBP-03-3026-720907) and WP leader in INFINITE-CELL (H2020-MSCA-RISE-2017-777968). 209 published papers, more than 5000 citations, h-index= 35 (09/2020).

Dr. Thomas Unold

unold@helmholtz-berlin.de

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Combinatorial investigations to surpass non-radiative recombination limits, advanced characterization for providing reliable metrics in develepment and optimization of materials, cells and modules.

Background: STARCELL (H2020-NMBP-03-3026-720907), KESTCELLS (FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-2012-316488), SCALENANO (FP7-NMP-284486). IBPOWER (FP7-ENERGY-211640) (227 published papers, more than 7000 citations, h-index= 47 (10/2020).

Dr. Galina Gurieva

galina.gurieva@helmholtz-berlin.de

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: WP1 correlating structural disorder (Cu/Zn disorder) and point defect concentrations with device properties.

Background: Participant in PVICOKEST (FP7-PEOPLE-2010-IRSES-), KESTCELLS (FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-2012-316488), STARCELL (H2020-NMBP-03-3026-720907) and INFINITE-CELL (H2020-MSCA-RISE-2017-777968). 56 published papers, more than 800 citations, h-index= 18 (09/2020).

Role in the project
Oxford Brookes University will lead the Work Package 7 investigating the Life cycle Sustainability Assessment of the proposed CUSTOM-ART solutions including Life Cycle Costing (LCC), recycling and socio-economic analyses. OBU will also contribute to the dissemination activities through publishing peer reviewed scientific articles.
Short description
Oxford Brookes University has one of the largest and most highly rated Schools of Architecture in the UK. The Architectural Engineering Group (who will undertake this project) is a interdisciplinary research unit comprising building physicists, environmental scientists, structural, civil and production engineers, and construction experts. It is an international leader in the area of sustainable construction with a large portfolio of European activities, and close to industry projects.
The Architectural Engineering Group has worked in sustainable construction for over two decades, and has considerable experience in building physics and environmental impact assessment of renewable technologies. The group maintains ‘state-of-the art’ software platforms for analysis and a dedicated Environmental science, building physics and structures laboratory. The laboratory includes a range of permanent test rigs alongside bespoke apparatus configured for individual projects such as vacuum chambers, hot boxes and solar simulators. All test activities are carried out in accordance with appropriates codes and standards. The laboratory has a full inventory of equipment to carry out as-built thermal testing of buildings to establish fabric losses for comparison with design values and to diagnose reasons for any variance. Thermographic studies of buildings can be carried out using thermal imaging cameras. The laboratory has the ability and experience to carry out testing and analysis for certification and accreditation of building products, and for CE marking. Prototyping facilities are available within the University for the production of cladding and other relevant componentry.
Team

Dr. Shahaboddin Resalati

sresalati@brookes.ac.uk

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: WP7 Leader.

Background: PI for POWERSKIN PLUS (H2020-NMBP-ST-IND-2018-2020), Custom-Art (H2020-LC-SC3-2018-2019-2020), INNOVIP (H2020-EEB-2016-2017) and CO-I for HAIR (RFCS-02-2016), BATIMASS (RFSR‐CT‐2012‐00033), and TABASCO (RFSR‐CT‐2011‐00028).

Dr. Paul Henshall

phenshall@brookes.ac.uk

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: WP7.

Background: Researcher in POWERSKIN PLUS (H2020-NMBP-ST-IND-2018-2020), Custom-Art (H2020-LC-SC3-2018-2019-2020) and High Performance Vacuum Flat Plate Solar Thermal Collector for Hot Water and Process Heat Project (EPSRC (UK Research Council) EP/K009915/1, EP/K010107/1 and EP/K009230/1).

Dr. Tobechi Okoroafor

tokoroafor@brookes.ac.uk

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: WP7.

Background: Researcher in POWERSKIN PLUS (H2020-NMBP-ST-IND-2018-2020), and Custom-Art (H2020-LC-SC3-2018-2019-2020).

Role in the project
The main role of the ENEA group in CUSTOM-ART will be centred in the development and characterization of novel materials for back and front contacts, on the improvement of the kesterite absorber by stoichiometry optimization, investigation of alkali doping strategies  and  modification of thermal process. ENEA will also perform GDOES measurements on partners samples to characterize the in-depth elements profile in the absorber layers as well as in complete devices.
Short description
ENEA originates from the evolution of CNEN (National Committee for Nuclear Energy), a public research organization funded in 1960 and devoted to applied nuclear research. In 1982 CNEN changed its name into ENEA (National Committee for  Nuclear Energy and Alternative Energy) to point out the increased interest on Renewable energy sources. In 1991, after a referendum that stopped the use of nuclear energy in Italy, ENEA changed its name to “Italian National Agency for the New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development“ maintaining the same acronym.
ENEA is the second major Italian research organization, with around 2700 staff employees distributed in its 9 research centers. The Agency’s activities are focused on Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy Sources, Nuclear Energy, Climate and the Environment, Safety and Health. In the nuclear sector ENEA participates in the development of the ITER fusion reactor.
The research activities performed in the ENEA photovoltaic labs are focused on the design and development of high efficiency solar cells by studying: (i) heterojunction silicon solar cells; (ii) innovative absorbers for PV devices such as kesterire and perovskite thin film materials; (iii) tandem solar cells with a silicon bottom cell component and a front cell realized with perovskite or kesterite. These activities are carried on in the framework of several European, National and industrial projects and their results are disseminated among national PV involved enterprises to promote their exploitation.
The kesterite group involved in CUSTOM-ART belongs to the TERIN-FSD-IIF lab headed by  Dr. Mario Tucci (mario.tucci@enea.it). The IIF Lab Group has a strong know-how and experience in the development of c-Si based solar cells using different technologies (homojunctions,  heterojunction a-Si/c-Si, heterostructures involving passivated contacts and Transition Metal Oxides). The kesterite units, though small, has developed over 10 years a complete process for CZTS solar cell fabrication and is now committed to the development of tandem CZTS/c-Si solar cells.
Team

Dr. Alberto Mittiga

alberto.mittiga@enea.it

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: WP1, WP5, WP6. Absorbers synthesis. Materials characterization. Novel materials for back and front contacts.

Background: Coordinator of a project on CZTS solar cells supported since 2010 by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development. 52 published papers, nearly 1500 citations, h-index= 20 (Scopus 09/2020).

Dr. Claudia Malerba

claudia.malerba@enea.it

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: WP1, WP6. Absorbers synthesis. Materials characterization. Novel materials for back and front contacts.

Background: Researcher in a project on CZTS solar cells supported since 2010 by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development. 24 published papers, nearly 582 citations, h-index= 12 (Scopus 09/2020).

Dr. Matteo Valentini

matteo.valentini@enea.it

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: WP1, WP6. Absorbers synthesis. Materials characterization. Novel materials for back and front contacts.

Background: Researcher in a project on CZTS solar cells supported since 2010 by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development. 21 published papers, nearly 450 citations, h-index= 12 (Scopus 09/2020).

Role in the project
In the project, IPC will provide its expertise in polymer processing, and more specifically for the development of innovative encapsulation solutions for the solar cells. IPC will participate primarily as leader of WP2 related to “Encapsulation, durability, and reliability of modules”, in particular:
  • Identifying and testing reversible adhesive development together with Rescoll
  • Developing new low-cost flexible packaging films thanks to our innovative multi-nanolayer processing technology
  • Investigating mechanical aging and lifetime of the whole packaged module
  • Evaluating the recyclability of the new encapsulation solutions
Short description
IPC is the Technical Industrial Centre of the French plastics and composites industry, with more than 2500 SMEs directly connected to IPC. As such, IPC is in charge of providing the plastics and composites industry with innovative and high added value facilities and manufacturing pilot lines, cutting edge expertise and services. IPC covers the full industry value chain with its key fields of expertise including eco-design and simulation of parts and processes, advanced processing (injection, compression, hybrid …) and tooling, thermoplastics materials, composite materials, plastronics / 3D-MID and Circular Economy. Main markets addressed today encompass automotive, aeronautics, health, energy, packaging, connectors, house appliances, horology. Developing new value chains is a key strategic issue for IPC with focus e.g. on micro / nanostructured plastic parts, microsystems on plastics; smart composites; multi-materials additive manufacturing.
Team

Dr. Gilles Dennler

gilles.dennler@ct-ipc.com

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Strategic and scientific management.

Background: R&D Director at IPC. About 100 published scientific articles (≥ 12,000 citations; h-index: 44), 6 book chapters, and 30 patents.

Eng. Sandrine Lebigre

sandrine.lebigre@ct-ipc.com

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Strategic and scientific management.

Background: Head of R&D programs “High Value Products” at IPC, member of the EFFRA association and the European Composites, Plastics and Polymer Processing Platform (ECP4).

Dr. Lionel Tenchine

lionel.tenchine@ct-ipc.com

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Leader of WP2 “Encapsulation, durability & reliability”, IPC’s main contact.

Background: R&D programs Manager “High Value Products” at IPC, coordinator of HIMALAIA (H2020-FOF-2017-766871).

Dr. Thierry Falher

thierry.falher@ct-ipc.com

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Polymer materials development and recycling expertise.

Background: R&D programs Manager “Circular Economy” at IPC.

Role in the project
UU will contribute to the optimization of kesterite absorbers and contacts for more efficient solar cells, with focus on materials deposited by sputtering and atomic layer deposition, and using combinatorial methods to provide high-resolution data.
Short description
Uppsala University is a center for research and education with a strong emphasis on natural sciences, and is highly ranked among various international lists (current ranking by Times Higher Education, 102; ARWU (Shanghai), 62). The university hosts ca 40 000 students, 5000 researchers and teachers, nine faculties and 50 departments. Annual turnover is approximately 670 million EUR, of which 470 million EUR for research purposes. Regarding research, about 2300 doctoral students are currently active, 5100 scientific publications are generated each year and about 55% of the research is funded by external sources.
The researchers involved in this proposal are working within the Materials Science and Engineering department, at the division of Solar Cell Technology. The specific competences in this division within high efficiency thin film solar cells, and its long track record within kesterite material development will be leveraged in CUSTOM-ART to help generate new advances in kesterite technology. UU also hosts some powerful research tools and infrastructures that will be employed in the project, including the Tandem Laboratory for ion beam analysis and an extensive cleanroom laboratory.
Team

Prof. Charlotte Platzer Björkman

charlotte.platzer@angstrom.uu.se

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: General Assembly representative UU. Contributions in WP1 and WP3.

Background: Research within Cu(In,Ga)Se2 and kesterite thin film solar cells including interface formation and alternative buffer layers, funded through Wallenberg Academy Fellows program and several national funding agencies. Participant in KESTCELLS (project FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-2012-316488), 127 published papers, more than 5000 citations, h-index= 37 (09/2020 GS).

Assoc. Senior Lecturer Dr Jonathan Scragg

jonathan.scragg@angstrom.uu.se

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Coordination of Task 1.3. Contributions in WP1 and WP3. Absorber synthesis and materials characterization.

Background: Dr. Scragg has co-authored around 55 peer-reviewed publications on kesterite and related materials, has over 4600 citations and a h-index of 28. Worked within the EU project KESTCELLS and several projects funded by the Swedish Research Council and Foundation for Strategic Research. Teaches courses in solar energy physics, technology and systems.

Dr. Jes Larsen

jes.larsen@angstrom.uu.se

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Contributions in WP1 and WP3. Absorber synthesis and materials characterization.

Background: Dr Larsen has co-authored around 54 peer-reviewed publications relating to CIGS and kesterite materials, and has a h-index of 20. He worked within the EU project DECK and several projects funded by the Swedish Research Council and Foundation for Strategic Research.

Role in the project
IMRA’s main role will be the upscaling of the vacuum-free kesterite thin film fabrication, the portability to the high throughput roll-to-roll process, and the collaboration in the development of the monolithic interconnection processes. It will also collaborate to the vacuum-free deposition processes of other cell components.
Short description
IMRA Europe is a private research and development company aiming to the alliance of advanced technologies and sustainable development. Created in 1986, it counted amongst the first companies to settle in Sophia Antipolis high-tech park located close to Nice (France). Employing about 30 persons, the company has activities in three main fields:  advanced materials, computer science – artificial intelligence, and electromagnetic motors and actuators. The Department of Advanced Materials has a long experience in photovoltaic devices of different types; in particular, it has been researching in kesterite cells from 2012. Other domains of the department concern different materials and devices in relation with automotive and energy applications.
Team

Dr. Gerardo Larramona

larramona@imra-europe.com

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: IMRA coordinator, Research on WP3 (module fabrication), WP1 (high efficiency), WP2 (encapsulation).

Background: IMRA coordinator in STARCELL (H2020-NMBP-03-3026-720907). 13 family patents (11 in PV field), and more than 25 publications.

Mr. Christophe Choné

chone@imra-europe.com

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Permanent research staff, Research on WP3 (module fabrication), WP1 (high efficiency), WP2 (encapsulation).

Background: Research in STARCELL (H2020-NMBP-03-3026-720907). 10 family patents (9 in PV field), and 9 publications in PV field.

Ms. Camille Moisan

moisan@imra-europe.com

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Permanent research staff, Research on WP3 (module fabrication), WP1 (high efficiency), WP2 (encapsulation).

Background: 2 family patents (1 in PV field), and 8 publications in PV field.

Mr. Daniel Péré

pere@imra-europe.com

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Permanent research staff, Research on WP3 (module fabrication), WP1 (high efficiency), WP2 (encapsulation).

Background: Research in STARCELL (H2020-NMBP-03-3026-720907). 4 family patents (1 in PV field), and 6 publications (3 in PV field).

Role in the project
AYESA is a leading Spanish engineering group with a total turnover of over 250 million euros and more than 4.000 employees, providing integrated services related to multidisciplinary engineering, architecture, consultancy and information technology. The company has a strong innovative philosophy and uses its own know-how to develop pioneer projects which are tailored to customer needs offering high added value to the market.
Short description
Within the CUSTOM-ART project, AYESA ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES is mainly involved in the management and software development tasks. Specifically, AAT leads the implementation of the Exploitation and dissemination involvement process.
Moreover, AAT leads the WP6 module deals with the implementation of the project’s dissemination, communication and exploitation strategies, including the exploitation actions for the design of the market uptake plan and the Implementation of IPR and Knowledge Management Plan.
Team

Dr. Alicia Arce

Background: Dr. Alicia Arce was graduated from University of Seville in Electrical Engineering in 2005, Master in Science in Robotic and Control Engineering in 2007 and obtained her Ph. D in Electrical Engineering in November 2010 from the Automation and System Engineering Department at University of Seville. During her doctoral studies, she was visiting scholar at University of Michigan and Imperial College London in 2007 and 2009, respectively. Afterwards, she got a post-doctoral position in Matgas Research Centre (Air products group and CSIC Spanish National Research Council). In November 2011, she joined the University of Seville as an Assistant Professor and later in July 2013 the Laboratoire d’Analyse et d’Architecture des Systèmes (LAAS) CNRS, Toulouse, as a research associate. Also, she was head of research groups in Wind Inertia Technologies s.l. in 2014. Currently, she is head of R&D in Ayesa Smart Life and adjunct professor at Universidad Loyola Andalucía. Her research work is supported by more than 35 contributions in international journals and conferences in the area of control systems, modelling and optimization. Moreover, she has participated in 25 R&D projects nationally and internationally funded by public institutions and companies and coordinated two H2020 projects in the field of transport and energy.

Role in the project
KWS is a manufacturer of large-volume street furniture and room presentations.

 

For this project we will build two different types of street furniture (communication seating and bus canopy). These products will be equipped with solar panels and set up in Barcelona and Innsbruck. Information is constantly being collected to determine the energy efficiency of the new panels in these cities.
Short description
KWS is an innovative plastics processing company, which among other things deals with the production of large-volume street furniture for the public sector. Due to the machine equipment (articulated robot, hot wire cutting machine and polyurea spray system) KWS is able to realize almost any shape and to break new ground.
Team

Ing. Peter Schiestl

p.schiestl@kws.at

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Scientific coordinator. WP4, WP5, WP6.

Background: Owner and CEO of KWS, and studied plastics technology.

Ing. Markus Mueller

markus.mueller@cubic.co.at

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: COO of KWS and responsible for all financial matters.

Background: Sales manager.

Dipl. Ing. Dietlinde Kaltenhauser

dietlinde.kaltenhauser@kws.at

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Responsible for Design of the Street furniture.

Background: Studied architecture and design.

Role in the project
Sunplugged will develop and optimise a dielectric high-temperature substrate (i.e. ultrathin glass layers on stainless steel foils) as well as a printed serial interconnection for the application in CZTS solar cells. Due to its expertise in the design of solar-powered products Sunplugged will be also lead the demonstration of the novel CZTS modules in product and building integrated photovoltaic applications.
Short description
Sunplugged is developing and producing its own proprietary CIGS thin-film solar cell and a novel solar cell interconnection scheme that allows the production of customised photovoltaic foils for the seamless integration into a multitude of applications. Due to its adaptability in respect to size, shape and voltage, lightweight and homogenous appearance Sunplugged´s flexible CIGS foil is an ideal photovoltaic material for products with integrated solar energy harvesting. Besides this Sunplugged has extensive experience in the development and production of solar integrated products for buildings and electronic devices independently from the underlying photovoltaic techniques.
Sunplugged GmbH holds an entire pilot production for R2R-produced CIGS thin-film PV modules. The on-site equipment comprises a slot-dye coating machine, several sputtering R2R-lines for front and back contact deposition, a CIGS R2R production line (sputtering hybrid process), chemical bath deposition (for CdS buffer), a short pulse laser (including scanning module and vacuum plate) as well as a material ink jet printer for monolithic interconnection.
Team

Martina Harnisch,PhD

martina.harnisch@sunplugged.at

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Development of printed serial interconnection for CZTS solar cells (WP3).

Background: Martina Harnisch,PhD joined Sunplugged as R&D staff in 2016. Martina Harnisch is responsible for the development of Sunplugged´s and propriatory printed interconnection as well as the optimisation of electrical and electro-optical material characterisation technologies for this novel interonnection technology.

Dr. Slimane Ghodbane

slimane.ghodbane@sunplugged.at

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Development of robust, yet flexible substrate for CZTS solar cells (WP1 and WP3).

Background: Dr. Ghodbane is experienced in variuous deposition techniques, surface modification, thin film characterisation and project management. Slimane Ghodbane joined Sunplugged in 2014 as development of industrial scale thin-film processes and is responsable for the development of the flexible glass/steel substrate for CZTS solar cells.

Role in the project
The main role of Eco Recycling in CUSTOM-ART will be focused on the development, optimization and validation of an innovative recycling process for the thin-film panels produced in the project. The validation of this process will be carried out in a plant revamped in the project, owned by Eco Recycling. A business plan for a full-scale plant will also be carried out with the data obtained from the experimental campaign.
Short description
Eco Recycling is a spin off company created in 2008 by the cooperation of researchers of Sapienza University and SMEs involved in environmental technologies. The mission of the company is technology transfer in the field of innovative treatments of technological wastes such as batteries, WEEE, and industrial catalysts. According to the innovativeness of such treatments, demonstration in pilot scale is a central step in scaling up of processes and technology transfer. Then Eco Recycling developed specific expertise in design and construction of innovative pilot plants even in mobile configurations and the demonstration activity for process optimization. During time, several prototypes were designed and constructed by Eco Recycling for the demonstration of innovative processes. The first prototype was designed and constructed for demonstration of a patented process for the treatment of end of life alkaline batteries (EP1684369 A1). In 2009, this successful demonstration activity led to the design (by Eco Recycling) and construction of an industrial scale plant (4000 t/y) at S.E.Val. After this first activity, Eco recycling designed and constructed two other mobile pilot plants within Hydroweee (2011-2012) and Hydroweee DEMO (2013-2014) projects. These prototypes allowed the treatment of different wastes (electrodic powders from Lithium Ion batteries, Liquid crystal displays) according to a common sequence of hydrometallurgical operations. Other dedicated pilots were designed and constructed for the recovery of precious metals from Pd/Ag-coated membranes for hydrogen separation (2014-2015). Currently, it is performing the upgrade of HYDROWEEE DEMO plants for performing the demonstration activity in CROCODILE project aiming at metallic Co recovery from end of life Li ion batteries and it is performing a revamping the pilot constructed for membrane treatment for demonstration activities in MEMBER project.
As regards the know-how of eco recycling in the recycling of photovoltaic, it participated in a regional project «Photorec» in which an innovative process was developed for the recycling of end of life photovoltaic solar panels. On the basis of the data obtained in this project, a European Photolife project (2013-2017) was carried out in which the company was the leader, with the objective to recovery the glass and the main components that make up the photovoltaic panel. Within this project Eco Recycling has designed and built a pilot plant in which the innovative process is used to completely recycle the various types of photovoltaic panels.
This project therefore allowed to demonstrate the technical feasibility of the process and technology developed for the simultaneous and automated processing of the three main types of panels currently on the market.
Furthermore, the quality of the products leaving the pilot plant (glass and metals) have been characterized and the favorable economic feasibility of the developed process was verified.
Also with regards to this issue Eco Recycling with the O.RI.FO project co-financed by the Ministry of the Environment and the Protection of the Territory and the Sea, it has designed and built a new physical treatment unit which it has been tested for the enhancement of the fine fraction of the glass produced by the treatment of photovoltaic panels. Within this project a further experimental campaign has been carried out for the enhancement of the plastics that make up the photovoltaic module.
In addition, Eco Recycling is currently the coordinator of a European project LIFE LIBAT (2017-2020) for the recycling of primary Lithium Battery by mechanical and hydrometallurgical operations.
Team

Prof. Dr. Pietro Altimari

ingegneri@ecorecycling.eu

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Scientific coordinator. WP5, WP6. Definition of the recycling process, supervision and coordination of the recycling demonstration activity.

Background: He has participated in numerous R&D projects such as HYDROWEEE DEMO (FP7-SME-2008-1), PHOTOLIFE (LIFE+ 2013), LIFELIBAT (Life16 Programme), CROCODILE (H2020-SC5-2016-2017). 54 published papers, 12 conferences proceedings and 2 book chapters, h-index= 12. 1 patent.

Dr. Emanuela Moscardini

emanuela.moscardini@ecorecycling.eu

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Management coordinator. WP7.

Background: She has participated in numerous R&D projects such as HYDROWEEE (FP7-SME-2008-1), HYDROWEEE DEMO (FP7-SME-2008-1), PHOTOLIFE (LIFE+ 2013), NANOHYDRO (POR FESR Lazio 2007-2013), HYRPAM (POR FESR Lazio 2007-2013), LIFE LIBAT (Life16 Programme), CROCODILE (H2020-SC5-2016-2017), MEMBER (H2020-NMBP-2016-2017). 21 scientific articles published, and she is co-author of 5 patents (Italian, EU, PCC). H index=12.

Prof. Eng. Luigi Toro

luigi.toro@ecorecycling.eu

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Scientific coordinator. WP5, WP6, WP7. Supervision of design activities for prototype used for the recycling process.

Background: Coordinated and managed several projects such as HYDROWEEE (FP7-SME-2008-1), HYDROWEEE DEMO (FP7-SME-2008-1), PHOTOLIFE (LIFE+ 2013), NANOHYDRO (POR FESR Lazio 2007-2013), HYRPAM (POR FESR Lazio 2007-2013), LIFE LIBAT (Life16 Programme), MEMBER (H2020-NMBP-2016-2017), CROCODILE (H2020-SC5-2016-2017). More than 100 published papers, more than 30 monographic publications, more than 90 communication to Congresses. Co-author of 6 patents (3 national patents, 3 EU patent). H index=39 and 5010 citations.

Eng. Flavia Forte

flavia.forte@ecorecycling.eu

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Chemical engineer. WP5, WP6. Realization of the design for the prototype revamping and execution of the experimental campaign.

Background: She has participated in different R&D projects such as PHOTOLIFE (LIFE+ 2013), LIFE LIBAT (Life16 Programme), CROCODILE (H2020-SC5-2016-2017), MEMBER (H2020-NMBP-2016-2017), BIPAM (POR-FESR 2014-2020).

Short description
RESCOLL Manufacturing is an independent, privately owned, for-profit SME specialized in the manufacturing of medical devices using traditional methods such as multiaxis milling and turning. Originally known as X-Medical, it was purchased by RESCOLL in 2012 and rechristened RESCOLL Manufacturing. RMG provides with services in medical implant design and manufacturing. It currently employs 15 people.
Role in the project
RESCOLL will participate primarily within WP2 related to Encapsulation, durability, and reliability of modules based in their INDAR INSIDE technology and their scale up (WP5). Within WP2, the following task will be developed:
  • Task 2.2. identifying and testing reversible adhesive development as task leader.
  • Task 2.3. multi-nanolayer flexible packaging development, identifying flexible packaging materials and developing low cost alternative
  • Task 2.5. Field test of the whole packaged module
Short description
RESCOLL is an innovative SME, best defined as a research company for materials, specialized in composites and polymers. RESCOLL’s activities are industrial research and development of innovative products and processes. RESCOLL is conducting innovation research in the field of industrial applications of polymers (composites, resins, adhesives, varnish, coatings, etc.) and related fields: bonded assemblies, materials for fire behavior and environmentally friendly surface treatments. RESCOLL currently has 100 employees, including PhDs, engineers and technicians with sales of 10.5 M€ in 2018. RESCOLL does more than 45% of its sales in the aerospace industry. RESCOLL has been at the origin of more than 40 patents in the field of polymers and composites. RESCOLL has ISO 17025 and NADCAP accredited laboratories and is specialized in the fields of polymer formulation, vibroacoustic testing, mechanical characterization, non-destructive control, fire testing, thermo mechanical analysis, spectrometry and chromatography and surface analysis and accelerated ageing. RESCOLL also participates in several European projects including projects within the scope of FP6, FP7, and Horizon 2020. In addition, RESCOLL has participated in several Clean Sky 2 and CORAC projects. RESCOLL has worked extensively on the development of advanced surface coating and bonding technologies and has equipped a laboratory specifically for studies related to surface characterization and analysis. Thanks to projects supported on both the national and European level, RESCOLL has a team who has a great deal of experience in the development of debondable adhesion coatings. RESCOLL’s INDAR INSIDE debondable adhesives have already seen application in numerous applications, including the automotive sector. Its technical skills, quality system and the scope of its material means (i.e. technologically advanced equipment) make RESCOLL one of the state-of-the-art laboratories in the field of materials testing on the European level.
Team

Dr. Eng. Maxime Olive

maxime.olive@rescoll.fr

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Expert in bonding process development. WP2, WP5.

Background: GREENLION (FP7-2011), EVERYTIME (FP7-2012-2), AEROCAR (H2020-SUDOE-2016), CERTBOND (COST-2018), DECOAT (H2020-2018-NMBP26), FULLCOMPOSITECAR (H2020-EUROSTARS-2018-2), ALMA (H2020- LC-GV-06-2020).

Mr. Wilfrid Sourbé

wilfrid.sourbe@rescoll.fr

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Expert in bonding process development. WP2, WP5.

Background: GREENLION (FP7-2011), EVERYTIME (FP7-2012-2), AEROCAR (H2020-SUDOE-2016), CERTBOND (COST-2018), DECOAT (H2020-2018-NMBP26), FULLCOMPOSITECAR (H2020-EUROSTARS-2018-2), ALMA (H2020- LC-GV-06-2020).

Dr. Eng. Isabelle Coco

Isabelle.coco@rescoll.fr

Main task in CUSTOM-ART: Head of the department of analysis and characterization, WP2.

Background: TEHTUBE (FP7-2013), MATIMELEC (French National, 2018), BIOFISS (French National, 2020), CONGOS (French National, 2020), Smart Bone Regeneration (H2020-BHC-07-2019).