Welcome to the SUMMIT project

As one of several projects backed by the European Union’s (EU’s) Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), goals for SUMMIT project are to demonstrate three step-change innovations in solar PV technology:

  1. Innovative designs for large, lightweight PV modules with back-contact cells for flat roofs, as well as dimensionally adaptable modules (available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes) for use as cladding or on pitched roofs for building-integrated PV (BIPV) and building-applied PV (BAPV) applications;
  2. Utilization of durable, 2-mm thin-glass PV laminate with greater break resistance as well as improved transmission efficiency; and
  3. Smart-module power management for higher energy generation that is less prone to power drop off even under non-ideal local conditions (e.g. shading).

During the next three years, SUMMIT consortium members will demonstrate industrial manufacturability of these novel PV-module concepts, as well as overall module efficiency and durability, ease of installation and utilization, and applicability to various types of PV applications — features representing breakthrough long-life PV modules with record power output, the lowest installation and system costs, and the lowest carbon footprint on the market today.

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Context

In January 2008 the European Commission proposed binding legislation to implement the 20-20-20 targets , i.e. 20% less greenhouse gas emissions, 20% better energy efficiency and a 20% share of renewables) with the 1990 level as baseline. This ‘climate and energy package’ was agreed by the European Parliament and Council in December 2008 and became law in June 2009. Photovoltaic solar energy (PV) is an essential component in the strategy to meet the ambitious EU 2020 targets. Read more

Overview features and overall objectives SUMMIT

Overview features and overall objectives SUMMIT

Partners about

Benjamin HangsFraunhofer
“The new concepts for PV modules, which are developed by the SUMMIT consortium, offer great opportunities to replace former metal assemblies by function-integrated designs made from thermoplastic composites. Read more...
Bart de GierEurotron
"Eurotron builds on sustainable relationships for development of highly efficient, top quality and cost competitive modules based on back-contact technology. This project fits our goals and ambitions and proves the flexibility of our equipment and technology. Read more...
Paul Stassen, consortium leader and TULiPPS B.V. founder and CEOTULiPPS
"The really exciting thing about this project is that we have brought together the best partners representing the most innovative PV module technologies currently available. This consortium represents the entire module supply chain, from upstream equipment suppliers, to .... read more....
Uniresearch is the project manager of the SUMMIT project.