Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft involved himself in the French company S tile SA sometimes is less but more: the French start-up company s ‘ tile SA has developed a process that allows thin solar cells from Silicon on a low-cost carrier with almost same like standard silicon solar cell efficiency. The Fraunhofer Institute developed a key technology for solar energy systems ISE. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is involved now with a six-figure sum the company. A synergy effect that opens up new possibilities of this promising technology. Munich, 20 February 2013. The company s ‘ tile SA from Poitiers, France was founded in 2007 by Prof. Alain Straboni.
Foundation was the development of a novel technology of solar cell production. S ‘ tile manufactures so called Waferaquivalente, in which a photoactive layer of Silicon is deposited on a substrate of low-cost silicon powder. This Waferaquivalent can be similar Achieve efficiencies as a mono-crystalline solar cell: prototype currently exhibit a degree of efficiency by 14 percent; up to 20 percent to be achieved in the next four years. This process combines the cost advantages in the production of thin-film technology with high efficiency and durability of the crystalline technology highly efficient solar cell modules with far less effort and costs can be produced than was previously the case. S ‘ engineers have built comprehensive know-how tile in recent years in the field of substrate manufacturing, now it’s time for the next step: the industrial production of the Waferaquivalente. For this purpose, the company has put together a consortium of investors from the industry and finance (including Poitou Charente innovation, Fund de co-investissement Poitou Charente and Sergies ECM Machines Dubuit), this plan, according to calculations of the company a total of about 18 million owns, to put into practice. While the industry investors from related areas play a important role that see great opportunities for the future in the new technology.