Gianluca Coletti

POSITION: ADJUNCT ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
TNO UNIT: TNO ENERGY TRANSITION (SOLAR ENERGY)
UNIVERSITY: UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES (SCHOOL OF PHOTOVOLTAIC AND RENEWABLE ENERGY), SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
 
TNO LOCATION: PETTEN
EMAIL: GIANLUCA.COLETTI@TNO.NL
TEL: +31613391510

RESEARCH AREA

We are at a critical turning point of the energy transition. The global PV market shipped more than 100 GW of modules for the second year in a row. More importantly, the PV industry is maturing quickly with a learning rate – the price reduction for each doubling of cumulative PV module shipments - of over 39% since 2006. This aggressive development is unique to the PV industry. My research contributes to this success story with a focus on solutions for today’s challenges and tomorrow’s innovations. We are working to improve the reliability and lifetime of conventional modules with fast and effective in-line techniques and materials research. For the future, we are surpassing the current efficiency limit of a single device by adopting Tandem PV technology. Increasing the efficiency and lengthening the lifetime of PV leads to further reductions in the Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE), accelerating the Energy Transition and the dominance of solar energy are our goals. With my colleagues at TNO Energy Transition and Solliance and with our industrial and academic partners, we aim to scale-up and demonstrate efficiencies of 35% with reliable and industrially relevant Tandem modules.

RECENT RESULTS

We set the basis to overcome the technical challenges to combine the main-stream silicon technology with the newly researched transparent perovskite devices and confirmed the huge advantages of the tandem approach. We demonstrated that the tandem architecture can be further combined with bifacial technology to reach record efficiencies with knowledge and products already proven in the market.  A bifacial tandem device with equivalent efficiency passing the fundamental limit of silicon technology was reported in early 2019. This has demonstrated to the international community that the next technology step should be the combination of two low-cost high-efficiency devices in a single bifacial tandem device.

With my PhD students at UNSW we have also been the first to directly link the amount of hydrogen in the passivation layers to the degradation extent due to light and elevated temperature induced degradation in silicon devices and identified the defect level and capture cross section ratios of this defect. This provides verification of theory and the knowledge to improve reliability of modules more effectively, making 30-40 year lifetimes a more accessible industry standard.

RECENT PROJECTS

  • PV Tandem Technology PMC (SMO)
  • High efficiency Metal Wrap Though Silicon Heterojunction cells and modules - Whooper (RVO)
  • 4T Tandem technology demonstration (Industrial partners)
  • Improving World-Record Commercial High-Efficiency n-type Solar Cells through Recombination Analysis & Innovative Passivation - ARENA SW025 (Australian Renewable Energy Agency)

TOP PUBLICATIONS

  • Coletti, L.A.G. Okel, M.J.H. Kloos, S.L. Luxembourg, Y. Wu, F. Di Giacomo, M. Najafi, D. Zhang, J.M. Kroon, F.J.K. Danzl, L.J. Geerligs, T. Aernouts, J. Hüpkes, C. Burgess, M. Creatore, R.A.J.M. Andriessen, S.C. Veenstra, Four-Terminal Bifacial Tandem with 30% Equivalent Efficiency, European PhotoVoltaic Solar Energy, 2019, 9 - 13 September 2019, Marseille.
  • Vargas C, Zhu Y, Coletti G, Chan C, Payne D, Jensen M, Hameiri Z. Recombination parameters of lifetime-limiting carrier-induced defects in multicrystalline silicon for solar cells. Applied Physics Letters. 2017 Feb 27;110(9):092106.
  • Bernardini S, Nærland TU, Blum AL, Coletti G, Bertoni MI. Unraveling bulk defects in high‐quality c‐Si material via TIDLS. Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications. 2017 Mar;25(3):209-17.

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