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Advanced Lasers for Photovoltaic INdustrial processing Enhancement (ALPINE)
Start date: Sep 1, 2009, End date: Aug 31, 2012 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The aim of the ALPINE project it to push forward the research and development of fiber laser systems for scribing of PhotoVoltaic (PV) modules. The project consortium will focus on a new high brilliance, high efficiency and premium beam quality laser based on photonic crystal fibers (PCFs). The all-around development cycle comprising of the beam source, beam delivery and manipulation, scribing processes, advanced diagnostic and application trials will be demonstrated. The novel laser system will be designed to fit the requirements for scribing innovative and flexible PV modules rather than standard ones based on crystalline silicon wafer. In particular, the two most appealing technological alternatives will be considered, that is CdTe and CIS technology of thin-film solar cells. Validation of the quality process will be assessed. The project joins together the two exciting challenges of the laser development for advanced industrial processing, on one side, and solar energy exploitation, on the other side. Thus it constitutes a crucial opportunity to continue the innovation of European industries involved in material processing applications by employing laser technology and to consolidate PV manufacturing European position. New promising scientific and technological approaches will be investigated. Thus the consortium expects to stimulate the continuous growth of the market in these strategic fields for European development.

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