Several solar projects have received hefty subsidies as part of the Joint Solar Programme (JSP), whichaims to promote research into photovoltaic solar energy in the Netherlands.
JSP is funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research and by theAmsterdam-based company NV NuonEnergy.
Several universities also are participating in the program. Utrecht Universityreceived funding for projects involvingsolar concentrators based on luminescent-doped nanocrystals, on quantum-dot-based thin-film silicon cells and onlow-cost luminescent concentrators, andfor another project done in conjunctionwith Delft University of Technology thatfocuses on quantum-dot superlattice solarcells.
Also, Nuon Helianthos, a subsidiary of
NV Nuon Energy, which recently merged
with Vattenfall AB, a Swedish govern-
ment-owned energy group, has opened a
test factory in Arnhem to produce a
thin, flexible foil material for solar cells.
Development of the technology began in
1996 with an invention made by industrial
researchers at Utrecht University. Three
years ago, Nuon acquired the solar cell
foil producer Helianthos and, since that
time, has been active in developing the
Production facility planned
Once the tests are successfully completed, a production facility is planned inArnhem that will manufacture 1 millionsquare meters of solar laminate a year.One advance demonstrated at the test factory is the ability to produce a 120-cm-wide laminate, four times the width ofprevious production. ;
Solar infusion in the Netherlands
A researcher working with Nuon Helianthos in the
Netherlands is overseeing the sputtering process,
which is applying the reflective back contact of the