Towards lighter, cheaper and more effective solar modules

A European consortium has just received 1.3 million Euros from EU supporting the research project LIMES - Light Innovative Materials for Enhanced Solar Efficiency.

The consortium will develop glasses and new coatings to improve the physical properties of the cover material of PV modules (photovoltaic solar cell modules).Furthermore, novel toughening techniques of thin glass will be investigated, and prototypes will be assembled.

There is a global drive to lower the cost of solar generated electricity. Currently, 3 mm glass is the predominant cover of solar modules and it implies 30 % of the price. Reduction of encapsulant materials can help to minimize the foot print of the solar panel by minimized cost over the whole chain from raw materials to installation.

"We aim to exploit the development of 1 mm toughened glass as encapsulant to produce a light weight, low cost PV module with enhanced efficiency" says Stefan Karlsson, Glafo – the Glass Research Institute, project coordinator.

LIMES aims at promoting excellence in research and innovation in order to enhance the competitiveness of European industry and increase the energy produced by sustainable solar power in the future.


Glafo AB, Sweden,, Coordinator

Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Spain,

Johnson Matthey Public Limited Company, United Kingdom,

Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom,

Solar Capture Technologies Ltd, United Kingdom,

SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden AB, Sweden,

For more information, contact Stefan Karlsson, Glafo, tel +46 10-516 63 57,

Project website,

600450 Towards lighter, cheaper and more effective solar modules
Date: 18 August 2014

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