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Passion for research, technology and innovation

Flisom employs over 50 engineers and scientists in specialized fields of laser technology, thin films, equipment engineering and photovoltaic product design. Research and innovation contributes to the company’s success and is enhanced through cooperation with universities and industry partners.


The project PanelPV aims at the development of new facade elements with integrated PV. Starting components are sandwich panels made by Panelen Holland and CIGS based PV foil made by Flisom. In the project we will integrate these two into new power generating façade elements. We will develop a technology to make the PV foil translucent, such that the integrated product appears to have the same color as the underlying sandwich panel. This gives the producer of the sandwich panels full freedom in color or print selection.

The project will result in the fabrication of a demo facade in which several sandwich panels with different colors will be integrated and electrically interconnected.


Program: Horizon 2020


Project page: PanelPV


This project aims to develop new photovoltaic technologies and materials and to demonstrate its application as a multifunctional material complying with the specific needs and requirements of the Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) and Smart Cities markets. This approach will be done for BIPV, urban furniture and urban mobility applications through the combination of CIGS technology and transparent fiber reinforced composite material as innovative module manufacturing technology.


Flisom is contributing by designing submodule sizes and electrical output, and supplies the unencapsulated submodules that will be used in the prototype products. The products include a bus shelter, an electrical vehicle, a solar table and roof tiles. Flisom submodules will be incorporated into the first three products.


Programme: EUROSTARS


Project page: Eurostars


The objective of PVSITES project is to drive BIPV technology to a large market deployment by demonstrating an ambitious portfolio of building-integrated solar technologies and systems, giving a forceful, reliable answer to the market requirements identified by the industrial members of the consortium in their day-to-day activity. High impact demonstration and dissemination actions will be accomplished in terms of cost-effective renewable generation, reduction of energy demands and smart energy management.


Program: Horizon 2020


Project page: PVsites


A new European research project that goes by the name Sharc25 is setting out to make an extremely efficient thin-film solar cell for the next generation of more cost-effective solar modules. Its objective is to achieve up to 25 percent efficiency in thin-film solar cells made by the coevaporation of copper indium gallium (di)selenide, or CIGS for short. That kind of performance would top the previous best mark by just over three percentage points. The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) is coordinating the project. Eleven research partners from eight countries are on board. Launched in May, the project will run for 3.5 years and get €4.6 million in EU funding sourced from the research framework program Horizon 2020. The Swiss government is providing another €1.6 million. The results of this project could well give the European solar industry a boost.


Programme: Horizon 2020


Project page: Sharc25


R2R-CIGS is a European collaborative project to develop cost-effective processes and techno­logies for high volume production of flexible solar modules. R2R-CIGS derives its name from the so-called Roll-to-Roll high volume manufacturing method and from the high efficiency CIGS material coating that converts sunlight into electricity.


Programme: FP7


Project page: R2R CIGS


NanoMend aims to pioneer novel technologies for in-line detection, cleaning and repair of micro and nano scale defects for thin films coated on large area substrates. Examples include thin films used in the production of packaging materials, flexible solar panels, lighting and indoor and outdoor digital signage and displays.


Programme: FP7


Project page: NanoMend


During more than 50 years of the existence, lasers have been proved as the unique tool for diverse material processing application. New application ideas, coming from universities and research institutions, are implemented usually by spin-off companies with limited resources for market penetration. Research laboratories are using universal tools (laser machines), while the effective and low-cost production requires adaptation of the processes and equipment during the technology assessment phase by the end-user. The process and equipment go jointly.


Programme: FP7


Project page: Appolo