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ALFAMA Advanced Lightweight and Flexible Array with Mechanical Architecture

More solar cells per unit of volume are needed in stowed configuration, and flexible solar arrays are the only answer for this high-power challenge.

In this context, ALFAMA project brings answers for the mass, cost & power challenge, with ambitions at each level of the solar array:
- The mechanical architecture, with a modular & retractable deployment system
- The photovoltaic assembly fabrication process, with printed harness & lamination for easier integration, manufacturing and high voltage protection
- The PVA structure, with thin flexible layers for high power/mass & power/volume ratio, adapted to epitaxial lift-off
- The solar cells, with the development of highly efficient & lightweight III-V IMM lift-off cells

ALFAMA's drastic improvements will enhance the EU space sector competitiveness, enable new missions and build synergies between space and non-space activities.

1/ Power/mass ratio increased by ≥ 50% with III-V lift-off solar cells
2/ Cost reduction with high throughput assembly process
3/ Power density increased more than 4 times with compact stowed configuration
4/ Relevant roadmaps for space & non-space applications

partners / contact

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE NETHERLANDS BV

[ AIRBUS DS NL ]

Netherlands

Paul Zevenbergen

Paul Zevenbergen

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE FRANCE SAS

[ AIRBUS DS FR ]

France

Dominique Vergnet

Dominique Vergnet

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH

[ AIRBUS DS DE ]

Germany

Claus Zimmermann

Claus Zimmermann

Senior Expert Photovoltaic Power Systems

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

[ CEA ]

Romain Cariou

Romain Cariou

Research Scientist, Project Manager

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

[ Fraunhofer ]

Germany

David Lackner

David Lackner

Epitaxy and Development of Multi-Junction Solar Cells

AZUR SPACE SOLAR POWER GMBH

[ AZUR SPACE ]

Germany

Victor Khorenko

Victor Khorenko

Manager Business Development R&D Projects

TF2 DEVICES B.V.

[ TF2 ]

Netherlands

Gunther Bissels

Gunther Bissels

Scientific researcher Project manager

ABSISKEY

[ ABSISKEY ]

France

Olivier DE BARDONNECHE

Olivier DE BARDONNECHE

Operations manager

This project have received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 821876. This publication (communication) reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be helded responsible for any use whic may be of the information contained therein.

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Start 01/11/2018
35% 12/11/2019
End 31/10/2021
Budget allocation . M€ Budget allocation
Effort 242 p*m Effort
Effort 7 persons Full time equivalent

news

ALAFAMA project will be present at the Space ...

2019-11-06

ALFAMA project will be present at the Europe largest B2B space event: Space Tech Expo from 19-21 November, in Bremen, Germany. In ...

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Learn more about the ALFAMA work structure: W...

2019-10-31

OBJECTIVEWP6 aims to disseminate the knowledge arising from the scientific and technical achievements of ALFAMA activities, build awareness ...

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ALFAMA was present at the 12th ESPC!

2019-10-23

Last week was the 12th European Space Power Conference.
Part of the Alfama project team was present, the opportunity to post the poster...

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Learn more about the ALFAMA work structure: W...

2019-10-17

OBJECTIVESIn this work package, will be realized the final flexible solar array breadboards of ALFAMA project. This work package w...

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2nd F2F meeting for the ALFAMA project

2019-10-02

The ALAFAMA project, held its 2nd project meeting in Chambery last week. This was the occasion to present the advancement of the projec...

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ALFAMA initiative flyer & poster now available!

2019-09-20

The ALFAMA initiative has just released its flyer & poster!Discover them here : - Click here for the flyer- Click here for the...

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ALFAMA's partners: P1 AIRBUS DS NL

2019-09-04

GENERAL DESCRIPTIONAIRBUS Defence and Space Netherlands, expert in pioneering space technology, is a supplier of high quality subsystems and...

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Learn more about the ALFAMA work structure: W...

2019-08-26

OBJECTIVESThis WP4 aim at developing an innovative mechanical architecture for the deployment of the flexible PVA, with the following target...

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ALFAMA's partners: P3 AIRBUS DS DE

2019-08-14

GENERAL DESCRIPTIONAIRBUS Defence and Space DE has a complete capability in all fields of satellite systems engineering, design, manufacturi...

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ALFAMA's partners: P4 CEA

2019-07-31

GENERAL DESCRIPTIONThe CEA is the French Commission dedicated to Atomic & Alternative Energies, and is a technology research and de...

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Learn more about the ALFAMA work structure: W...

2019-07-18

OBJECTIVESIn this work package, processes for flexible solar photovoltaic assembly are developed and optimized, and intermediate samples wil...

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ALFAMA is at IEEE PVSC: 1st poster!

2019-06-21

The ALFAMA project was presented at the IEEE PVSC conference in Chicago. Represented by P2 AIRBUS DS FR, the project first developments were...

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ALFAMA's partners: P7 TF2 DEVICES

2019-06-07

GENERAL DESCRIPTIONTF2 is a joint venture company established in December 2009 between Radboud University Nijmegen (RU) and Circadian Solar ...

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ALFAMA's partners: P6 AZUR SPACE POWER GMBH

2019-05-27

GENERAL DESCRIPTIONAZUR SPACE Solar Power GmbH is a global leader in development and production of high efficiency solar cells for space and...

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IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference -PVS...

2019-05-17

The abstract we submitted was selected!Represented by P2 AIRBUS DS FR, the ALFAMA project first developments will be presented during a post...

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ALFAMA's partners: P5 FRAUNHOFER ISE

2019-05-13

GENERAL DESCRIPTIONThe Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy (ISE) is the largest R&D institute in Europe devoted to solar energy.ISE co...

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Learn more about the ALFAMA work structure: W...

2019-05-03

OBJECTIVESIn this work package, thin film solar cells will be developed and fabricated for subsequent integration into the flexible solar ar...

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ALFAMA's partners: P2 AIRBUS DS France

2019-04-22

GENERAL DESCRIPTIONAIRBUS Defence & Space is Europe N°1 defence ans space company.Composed of 4 business lines -Military Aircraft, S...

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Learn more about the ALFAMA work structure: W...

2019-04-15

OBJECTIVESThe goal of this work-package is to define ALFAMA's target specifications for the solar cells, the photovoltaic assembly (PVA)...

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Discover the ALFAMA project structure

2019-04-08

The ALFAMA project is organised in 8 work packages:- WP1 Flexible solar array specifications & system analysis- WP2 Development & op...

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ALFAMA Website & Social Media Opened

2019-03-08

We are happy to annouce that the ALFAMA website has been launched! This will provide information on the project objectives, partners, events...

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Discover what lies behind the logo and the vi...

2019-02-28

=> Photovoltaics cells coming out the sun, evoking space, whith curved shape showing its flexibility=> The orange color remind the sun...

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ALFAMA Kick-off Meeting 21 November 2018

2018-11-21

The kick-off meeting took place in Brussels on the 21st of November 2018, with all partners and the Project Officer from The European Commis...

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The ALFAMA project is launched!

2018-11-01

The ALFAMA project has been launched on the 1st of November 2018. The project will last 3 years until the 31st of October 2021.ALFAMA&#...

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events

2019-11-19

Space Tech Expo

Space Tech Expo Europe is the continent's major dedicated supply-chain and engineering event for manufacturing, design, test and engineering services for spacecraft, subsystems and space-qualified components. The exhibition and conference draw attendance from thousands of industry leaders, decision-makers, engineers, specifiers and buyers to meet manufacturers across the supply chain for civil, military and commercial space.

Alfama project will be present at the stand 5018 of Tf2 devices.

Bremen, Germany, 19-21 November

http://www.spacetechexpo.eu/

2019-10-21

70TH INTERNATIONAL ASTRONAUTICAL CONGRESS

AC 2019  offer a rich programme of Plenaries, Highlight Lectures, Technical lectures as well as a Global Networking Forum and many social events abundant in networking opportunities.

Today the broader space community stands at a pivotal juncture in the course of future human space exploration. To succeed we must come together to create a unified vision that can be realized through the effective use of our collective assets and resources. It is in that spirit of collaboration that we would host the global space community in Washington, D.C., to envision what the next “giant leap” will be.

Washignton D.C., US, Nov 21-25 2019

https://www.iac2019.org/

 

2019-09-30

12th European Space Power Conference (ESPC)

The European Space Power Conference traditionally gathers space power specialists from many countries.

The 12th European Space Power Conference is organised by the European Space Agency (ESA) with the support of Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), Airbus Defense and Space, Prototech AS a NORCE Company, University of Valencia and Thales Alenia Space.

The conference will address topics in the fields of: Power Generation; Energy Storage; Power Management and Distribution; Components and IC Technologies for Power Applications.

Juan les Pins, France, Oct 30- Nov 4 2019

https://atpi.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/19a03---european-space-power-conference/home

2019-06-16

46th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC 46)

The ALFAMA project will be there: come to meet us!

WELCOME TO THE 46TH IEEE PVSC

https://www.ieee-pvsc.org/PVSC46/

The IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC) is proud to host the 46th PVSC June 16-21, 2019 at the Sheraton Grand in Chicago, Illinois.

The PVSCs have a rich tradition of bringing together students, innovators, researchers and PV leaders in a vibrant and highly integrative forum to share information, gain knowledge, strengthen collaborations and move forward photovoltaic science and technology from basic and applied research into large scale manufacturing and deployments.

This year’s technical program encompasses 12 abstract submission areas that cover the entire spectrum of technical activities in photovoltaic science and engineering and is expected to provide a unique opportunity to share and discuss the latest PV-related developments from around the world.

In addition to an exceptional Technical Program, the 46th PVSC will include an exciting Tutorial Program, taught by world’s leading PV specialists, and a High School Solar Projects competition, giving PV researchers the opportunity to interact with the next generation of researchers.

The conference Exhibition will showcase the latest developments in PV characterization and manufacturing equipment, and is set to further enhance attendee awareness on latest tools and instrumentation as well as to facilitate exchange between scientists, technical experts and exhibitors.

documents

Flyer ALFAMA

POSTER 2019_IEEE PVSC

Poster ALFAMA

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