APOLLON - Multi-APprOach for high efficiency integrated and inteLLigent cONcentrating PV modules (Systems)


APOLLON proposal concerns the optimisation and development of Point focus and Mirror Based Spectra Splitting photovoltaic concentrating (CPV) systems (multi-approach). The different technology paths will be followed with due focalisation on the recognised critical issues related to each system component in order to increase CPV efficiency, assure reliability, reduce cost and environmental impact. MJ solar cells will be manufactured by using new materials and deposition technologies allowing reaching and even surpassing the MJ solar cell efficiency target set on the European Strategic Research Agenda on Concentration Photovoltaics. Optimisation of Fresnel and Prismatic lens along with the development of new non-imaging, low F/#, high concentration, cell self-protecting stable optics will allow getting high optical efficiency and wide acceptance angles. New concepts will be applied for Mirror based spectra splitting systems which will allow eliminating the cooling needs. Both the optimised and the new technologies will be properly tested to get reliable a long life time CPV systems. High Integration obtained with microelectronic and automotive light technologies for high throughput module assembly techniques, along with intelligent solutions for accurate, reliable, cost effective tracking and reduced mismatch losses will be addressed. Prototype systems will be developed for a full environmental and economical assessment finally leading to economically-attractive concentrating photovoltaics. In APOLLON all the actors’ chain, from Universities, SME, Big Enterprise up to the final End-User will bring to present scientific valuable, exploitable and durable products, with results dissemination all around Europe.

Project details

Scientific responsability: Giuliano Martinelli poi Donato Vincenzi

 Funding source: 7th Framework Programme

Start date 1/07/2008 - end date 30/06/2013
Total cost: 11.739.385 €
EU contribution: 8.258.783 €
EU contribution to UniFe: 191.250 €


  • Cesi Ricerca Spa, Coordinator (Italy)
  • Aixtron Ag (Germany)
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (Cnrs) (France)
  • E.N.E. Sa - Energies Nouvelles et Environnement (Belgium)
  • Centro ricerche Plast-Optica Spa (Italy)
  • State Enterprise Scientific Research Technological Institute of Instrument Engineering (Ukraine)
  • Commission of The European Communities - Directorate General Joint Research Centre - Jrc (Belgium)
  • Ente per le Nuove Tecnologie, L´energia e L´ambiente (Enea) (Italy)
  • University of Cyprus (Cyprus)
  • Cpower Srl (Italy)
  • Solar*Tec Ag (Germany)
  • Energy Research Center of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
  • Enel Produzione. S.P.A. (Italy)
  • Fundacion Robotiker (Spain)
  • New And Renewable Energy Centre Ltd (United Kingdom)