“Solliance’s ambition is to have all supply chain disciplines and capabilities involved, ranging from fundamental science and process development to material suppliers and TF module producers,” says Kurt du Mong, Program Director at DSM Advanced Solar.
“We still aren’t sure what the total picture of new-generation thin-film solar energy technology looks like, but each partner has some of the necessary pieces of the puzzle – no one can do it alone.”
The three key components of a solar module are (1) an active solar cell layer that absorbs sunlight and transfers it into electricity, (2) conductive layers that make the electricity transferable, and (3) a protective “package” that ensures the layers continue to perform optimally in optical and physical terms over the long-term in all-weathers.
Solliance works at the interface of all components, developing technology for new and thinner (therefore more cost-effective) active layers, improved conductive and optical layers, as well as easier and faster production processes.
Contributing to evolution
“DSM delivers important proprietary technology in terms of light management and protective layers,” Kurt explains. “We primarily do this through products such as our anti-reflective coating and light-trapping technology. But we also contribute our know-how and hardware in formulation development and texturing process.
All this, together with our in-depth industry insights and our reputable material sciences market presence, is being applied in a three-year collaboration roadmap. DSM has its own Application Specialist, Guido Meijers, on-site at Eindhoven HTC campus a few days every week for direct participation in day-to-day activities and pilot plant trials.”