Advanced Coatings & Construction Solutions scrl (AC&CS) is a private R&D centre, counting around 100 PhD’s, researchers and technicians, and it's part of the CRM Group (Centre for Research in Metallurgy). Located in Liège (Belgium), AC&CS has decades of experience in metal sheet coating using wet and dry (vacuum) technologies. Several research topics related to energy applications, such as light reflectors, solar thermal absorbers, fuel cells, heat shields or (organic) light emitting diodes, have been led over the past 15 years by the Surface Functionalization department. AC&CS owns a large facility centre, several labs and pre-industrial roll-to-roll pilot lines as well as an unparalleled expertise in product/process industrial development in the field of metallurgy and metal science in general.
AC&CS will have an active part in the development and transfer, to pilot scale, of an ultrathin insulated steel substrate, functionalized thanks to roll-to-roll processes. This new substrate will act as an insulating flexible substrate for the completion of the solar cell. AC&CS has large experience in the field of coil coatings and chemical formulation for steel functionalization and its expertise will be vital regarding the development of new applications within the project.
AC&CS has also developed low cost insulated steel, offering large possibilities in terms of solar cell processes and design. The ARCIGS-M project is the opportunity to promote functionalized steel developed in AC&CS as a suitable low-cost substrate for the completion of very high-efficiency solar cells.
From this partner, ARCIGS-M will work with Ir. Jean-Baptiste Richir, Senior project leader coordinating the development of insulated steel substrates for thin films solar cells integration, Dr Louise Samain who leads back contact development for CIGS solar cells, laser scribing for monolithic interconnection and implied in LCA analysis, Dr Adeline Lafort, team leader is in charge of the roll-to-roll pilot lines located in clean room, used for the wet (dielectric) and vacuum (back contact & passivation layers) coatings, and lastly Dr Lionel Fourdrinier, Programme leader coordinating development of PV thin films solutions, especially oriented for BIPV applications.