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Eco-Solar SIGNED

Eco-Solar Factory - 40%plus eco-efficiency gains in the photovoltaic value chain with minimised resource and energy consumption by closed loop systems

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






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Project "Eco-Solar" data sheet

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Organization address
address: STRINDVEGEN 4
postcode: 7034
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 Coordinator Country Norway [NO]
 Project website
 Total cost 5˙642˙707 €
 EC max contribution 5˙642˙707 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU. (Technologies for Factories of the Future)
 Code Call H2020-FoF-2015
 Funding Scheme RIA
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-10-01   to  2018-09-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    SINTEF AS NO (TRONDHEIM) coordinator 253˙457.00
2    STIFTELSEN SINTEF NO (TRONDHEIM) participant 1˙122˙446.00
3    NORSUN AS NO (OSLO) participant 736˙055.00
5    UAB SOLI TEK R&D LT (VILNIUS) participant 547˙500.00
6    APOLLON SOLAR FR (SAINT-PRIEST) participant 542˙375.00
7    BIFA UMWELTINSTITUT GMBH DE (AUGSBURG) participant 473˙834.00
9    STEULER SOLAR TECHNOLOGY AS NO (PORSGRUNN) participant 262˙500.00
10    INGESEA AUTOMATION SL ES (ELGOIBAR) participant 254˙000.00
11    GARBO SRL IT (CERANO NO) participant 248˙375.00
12    BOUKJE.COM CONSULTING BV NL (BLEISWIJK) participant 169˙276.00


 Project objective

EcoSolar envisions an integrated value chain to manufacture and implement solar panels in the most ecologic way by maximising resource efficiency, taking into account reuse of materials during production and repurposing solar panel components at end of life stage. EcoSolar will demonstrate that during the lifetime of a solar electricity producing field, individual panels can be monitored, allowing to identify defaulting panels at an early stage, replacing or repairing them and thus to increase the overall energy yield. In WP1, SINTEF&Norsun will work on recovery & reuse during silicon ingot crystallisation, addressing recovery of argon purge gas and work with Steuler on reusable crucibles. In WP2 Garbo will recover Si-kerf-loss during wafering, and with SINTEF work on potential reuse applications, like as Si-feedstock in crystallisation processes, or as resource in crucible manufacturing or lithium ion battery production. In WP3, ISC&SoliTek will look into potential for re-using process water; reducing material resources, like chemicals and silver, by smarter solar cell design, more efficient processes and recovery and reuse of chemicals; AIMEN will develop solar cell monitoring and repair for inline processing in an industrial plant, to enable remanufacturing. In WP4 Apollon will use a module design that results in reduced bill of materials, enables remanufacturing and reuse of components from modules that showed failures after assembly or have been identified as malfunctioning in operating PV installations, based on integrated diagnosis techniques for the detection of failure modes. bifa will collect data from all previous WPs to assess environmental impact of the intended innovations (WP5). Bifa will identify waste streams that are costly and hard to recycle and find opportunities to repurpose those waste products. BCC will disseminate the results and will support the partners with the exploitation and replication potential of the results (WP6).


List of deliverables.
Feasibility study: reuse of waste-water Documents, reports 2019-05-31 17:16:22
Report on automatic inspection tool 50% less scraped solar cells Documents, reports 2019-05-31 17:16:13
Diagnostic tools for recovered module components and module performance Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2019-05-31 17:16:22
Public website online Other 2019-05-31 17:16:24
Collection of stakeholder test results and feedback on second round of test samples Documents, reports 2019-05-31 17:16:14
Report on LIB cell performance Documents, reports 2019-05-31 17:16:24
Report on advanced metallisation scheme Documents, reports 2019-05-31 17:16:11
Reuse of module components in other industrial sectors Documents, reports 2019-05-31 17:16:20
Report Preparation of 5 initial laboratory samples of by-products and wastes for internal and external use Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2019-05-31 17:16:18
Report on cell process with only one chemical etching step Documents, reports 2019-05-31 17:16:23
Modules from recovered components Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2019-05-31 17:16:20
Report on Si-ingot crystallization (i) from recovered silicon powder Documents, reports 2019-05-31 17:16:16
Final LCA and eco-efficiency analysis Documents, reports 2019-05-27 19:37:55
Project video online Other 2019-05-27 19:39:25
Scientific workshop Other 2019-05-27 19:39:41
10 publications Other 2019-05-27 19:39:46
Eco Solar Module frames and structures Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2019-05-27 19:37:50

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of Eco-Solar deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 M. Bellmann
Even greener solar power on the way
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
press release 2019-06-19
2016 A. Kreutzmann
Utlra-green energy
published pages: 32-35, ISSN: , DOI:
Photon International - The Solar Power Magazine 2019-06-19
2018 R. Einhaus, F. Madon, J. Degoulange, K. Wambach, J. Denafas, F. Rodriguez Lorenzo, T. Delgado Garcia, A. Bollar
Recycling and Reuse Potential of NICE PV Modules
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
IEEE PVSC/WCPEC proceedings 2019-05-14
2018 M.P. Bellmann, G. Stokkan, A. Ciftja, J. Denafas, T. Kaden
Crystallization of multicrystalline silicon from reusable silicon nitride crucibles: Material properties and solar cell efficiency
published pages: , ISSN: 0022-0248, DOI:
Journal of Crystal Growth 2019-05-14
2017 M.P. Bellmann, G. Stokkan, A. Ciftja, R. Roligheten, J. Denafas, F. Buchholz, T. Kaden
Multicrystalline Silicon Ingot Crystallisation from Reusable Silicon Nitride Crucibles
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
EU PVSEC Proceedings 2019-04-30
2017 K. Wambach, R. Peche, M. Seitz, M.P. Bellmann, G.S. Park, J. Denafas, F. Buchholz, R. Einhaus, G. Noja, B. Ehlen, R. Roligheten, P. Romero, A. Bollar
Eco-Solar Factory: Environmental Impact Optimisation of PV Production
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
EU PVSEC Proceedings 2019-04-30
2017 F. Buchholz, P. Preis, S. Eisert, E. Wefringhaus, J. Denafas, V. Cyras, M.P. Bellmann
Low recombination emitter profile with in-situ oxide passivation for multi-crystalline solar cells
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
EU PVSEC Proceedings 2019-04-30
2018 M.P. Bellmann, A. Ciftja, G. Noja
Utilisation of Kerf-Loss from Silicon Wafer Sawing for the Manufacturing of Silicon Nitride Crucibles
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
EU PVSEC proceedings 2019-04-30
2017 K. Wambach, I. Fechner, M.P. Bellmann, G.S. Park, J. Denafas, F. Buchholz, F. Madon, G. Noja, B. Ehlen, R. Roligheten, P. Romero, A. Bollar
Eco-Solar Factory: Establishment of Pan Industrial Material Re-Use Opportunities
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EU PVSEC Proceedings 2019-04-30
2018 M.P. Bellmann, K. Wambach, M. Seitz, R. Peche, G.S. Park, J. Denafas, F. Buchholz, R. Einhaus, G. Noja, B. Ehlen, R. Roligheten, P. Romero, A. Bollar
Eco-Solar Factory: 40% Plus Eco-Efficiency Gains in the Photovoltaic Value Chain with Minimised Resource and Energy Consumption by Closed Loop Systems
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
EU PVSEC proceedings 2019-04-30

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