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                                                 SOLAR CELL TECHNOLOGIES

Members of the StableNextSol COST Action MP1307                                   PV scientists through summer schools
                                                                                  and short term scientific missions
complex and diverse degradation          IMPLEMENTATION AND                       (STSMs).
paths is an essential step towards       OBJECTIVES
achieving long lifetimes. Due to the     The StableNextSol project, as an         The goals of the project are divided
complicated interplay of chemical        instrument for the promotion of          into Networking and Scientific/
and physical degradation, knowledge      excellent science, aims at identifying   Technical objectives. A bit more than
in this area can only be acquired        the principal degradation mechanisms     half way through the project, we
through the application of an extensive  in state-of-the-art organic and          have made good progress on the set
and complementary chemical               perovskite solar cells. Our resources    targets:
and physical characterization. The       encompass the expertise in areas
StableNextSol project combines, in       such as photovoltaic nanomaterials,      A) NETWORKING OBJECTIVES
a highly interdisciplinary network,      device fabrication, characterization
different sectors from academia, public  techniques, manufacturing, testing       •	 To establish a multidisciplinary
authorities and industry, engaged        protocols and standardization, and           network of research laboratories
in sharing their expertise on the        lifetime of individual solar cells and       to share expertise and knowledge
different complementary analytical       complete modules.                            on the different characterization
techniques required for the study and                                                 techniques required for solar cell
understanding of the degradation         We take advantage of different               analyses. Our project has grown
of these state-of-the-art emerging       and complementary analytical                 from an initial 60 members up to
solar cells. The project, which has      techniques and know-how available            more than 470 research scientists
been running since March 2014 and        within the network of partners of the        and experts on organic and
is coordinated by Prof. Mónica Lira-     consortium to study and understand           perovskite solar cells.
Cantú from the Catalan Institute of      the degradation ocurring in these
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology           emerging photovoltaic technologies.      •	 To create long-term collaborative
(ICN2, Spain), integrates and generates  These studies are carried out                research teams. An important
fundamental knowledge and expertise      through the organization of a series         objective is to continue and reinforce
to foster disruptive innovations         of experiments, interlaboratory              existing collaborations among
targeted to mitigate device failure and  collaborations and round robins              partners, which is evidenced by more
to propose and develop new concepts      in which more than 54 partner                than 20 joint publications and several
for more stable emerging solar cells.    laboratories, research centres and           joint H2020 project applications.
Benefits are created along the entire    photovoltaic industries are involved.
value chain of photovoltaic research     As a solid networking tool, the project  •	 To train and prepare the next
at European and international level,     promotes collaboration among                 generation of research scientist
influencing also a variety of decision   partners by the organization of              experts on solar cell stability, for
makers in the public sector which are    conferences, workshops and industrial        which we have organised more than
supported by specialisation policies,    days. It also gives special emphasis on      45 STSMs.
testing protocols and standards.         the training of the next generation of
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