Solar module architecture and technology: Insolight is a technological startup with its core expertise and know-how on the patent-pending optical micro-tracking technology. The company has the system-level view and will collaborate with most project partners, specially for the technical coordination.
The Instituto de Energía Solar (IES-UPM) is a research centre within UPM, the largest technical university in Spain. UPM has historically led the European development of concentrating technology, and therefore has very strong experience in optical systems design, construction and testing. UPM will closely collaborate with FRAUNHOFER on developing new standards for both the power rating and the qualification of the modules
As part of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE is based in Freiburg, Germany. It is the largest solar energy research institute in Europe with 1 200 staff members. The institute has a long experience in the field of III-V based multi-junction solar cells and CPV module assembly as well as on the characterization of CPV cells and modules. The Institute will collaborate with UPM on the qualification and characterization standards.
PV module production equipment: Mondragon Assembly designs and manufactures systems and equipment for process automation. It is one of the EU leader for PV module assembly equipment. They will collaborate with Insolight and CSEM to design the assembly equipment for the HIPERION modules.
Micro-cells SMD packaging method and equipment: X-Celeprint, proprietary technology of micro-transfer printing, allows to mount in a massively parallel way solar cells into surface-mounted packages. X-Celeprint was formerly Semprius, a company with an extensive experience and track record in concentrated photovoltaics. X-Celeprint will develop the assembly methods for the solar cells and collaborate with Argotech on the precise SMD assembly of the components on the board.
Pick-and-place process for micro solar cells assembly: Argotech has a strong expertise in assembling microelectronics components; the company will deliver an optimized pick-and-place for assembling the III-V solar cells on the back plane, based on CSEM, X-Celeprint and Insolight inputs.
Scale-up plan for III-V solar cells: IQE is an EU leading manufacturing company supplying advanced wafers products such as the multi-junction GaAs solar cells wafers. IQE has the capability to scale up the manufacturing volume and will provide key cost information for the BOM evaluation by the blueprint evaluators (3S).
Development of a custom micro-actuator tailored on HIPERION specific needs (short strokes, long lifetime), as the micro-actuator is one of the critical components for reliability. Sonceboz extensive experience in the creation, development and production of high-quality mechatronic systems, notably for the automotive industry, will be extremely beneficial to find the best cost-effective solution for the system.
Manufacturers evaluation: 3S is the PV module manufacturing company than span out from Meyer Burger. 3S role will be to evaluate blueprint solution from a manufacturer perspective and will consider integration in its production line, based on inputs received from all the industrial partners and the pilot sites results.
Lodz University of Technology has a strong track record in lifecycle analysis (LCA), environmental impacts and costs of ownership assessment, which was demonstrated in other PV related H2020 calls (INREP). TUL will receive process inputs from industrial partners to perform their assessment.
ENGIE Laborelec is a leading expertise and research centre in electrical power technology. It will evaluate the HIPERION solution from the utility perspective and derive the competitiveness for utility power plants.
Muon is an energy trader and marketer based in Porto, Portugal, specialised in the design and construction of autonomous buildings. The role of Muon in HIPERION will be to evaluate the solution in that segment, in the Portuguese climatic and economic conditions.
Milieu Studio is an engineering SME based in Lyon, France, specialized in the design, construction and monitoring of buildings with low carbon footprint. Its role in HIPERION will be to evaluate the solution from the rooftop solar installer perspective, in the French climatic and economic conditions.
Compaz is an association specialized in the communication of science and technology through art. Compaz has already experience in the PV field through its members’ expertise and thanks to the participation in the Be-Smart EU project ( communication responsible).