GL Plastics offers complete solutions in the synthetics field. Every day, they design, develop and manufacture technical semi-finished synthetic products and work with accurate specifications, product weights of close to 0 grams up to and including 4,000 grams and series sizes of a few thousand to a few million on an annual basis.

They can ensure high-level delivery reliability thanks to, among other things, real-time production planning and monitoring. They are used to working with requirements from the automotive industry, such as zero-defect injection moulding that sets very high demands to dimensions, for example.

Website: www.gl-plastics.nl

Country: the Netherlands



SunCycle, a Dutch SME founded in 2005, is the inventor and owner of the patented hybrid concentrated photovoltaic technology which is the subject of the CPV4ALL project.
The technology is patented since 2007. Its uniqueness – and innovative character – is the means of sun tracking in a stationary structure.

Main tasks in the project
SunCycle gives direction to all engineering to ensure the system integrity will be maintained and will provide guidance and assistance in all underlying tasks.

Website: www.suncycle.nl

Country: the Netherlands

Bühler – Leybold Optics

As one of the world leaders in thin film technology, Bühler Leybold Optics is developing and manufacturing vacuum deposition equipment for a broad range of applications.

Leybold Optics is a globally active high-tech company, with main facilities in Dresden and Alzenau, and several world-wide divisions.

Main tasks in the project

Leybold Optics will contribute to the development of the high reflective, climate resistant coating of the parabolic mirror.

Website: www.buhlergroup.com

Country: Germany


Neways is an international provider of industrial and professional electronics. The excellence of the products guarantees the application in many different sectors such as: automotive, the semiconductor and telecommunications industry, defence sector and automation industry.
The major company strength, for over 25 years, is the knowledge and understanding of electronics combined with production processes

Main tasks in the project
Neways will develop, test and optimize the electronics of the CP4ALL electronics. It will also develop the specific production, assembly equipment and test tooling required to be able to reach high volumes production.

Website: www.neways.nl

Country: the Netherlands


TNO is an independent  contract research organization. By translating scientific knowledge into practical applications, TNO contributes to the innovation capacity of businesses and government. TNO has extensive expertise in developing processes and equipment for PV industry. TNO is one of the initiators of Solliance, a partnership of R&D organisations and industries working in photovoltaic solar energy in the Eindhoven-Leuven-Aachen area. TNO is also recognised for its expertise on adoption of renewable technologies by consumers and businesses.

Main tasks in the project
Involved in the project is the Thin Film Technology group of TNO which focuses on development of and manufacturing processes for solar cells and modules.
Moreover, the Human behaviour & Organisational Innovations group of TNO is involved, which focuses on enhancing societal changes through new technologies with a focus on behavioural insights and intervention strategies, e.g. how social media can influence and support the adoption of new technologies.

Website: www.tno.nl

Country: The Netherlands

RADBOUD University

The Solar Cell Research Group of the Applied Materials Department at Radboud University has more than 25 years experience in the development and analyses of high-efficiency type III-V solar cells for concentrator and space applications.

The excellence of the group is evidenced by the development of solar cells with internationally acknowledged world record efficiencies [2] and the fact that “Radboud Certified” reference cells (as distributed via spin-off company ReRa Systems) are used by research groups and solar cell manufacturers world-wide.

Main tasks in the project

Measure the wavelength dependent optical performance of the various optical components of the CPV4ALL module. Provide full scale testing of the commercially available solar cells considered to be integrated in the system and advice on the best option for the cell and integration technology. Verifying real world measurements and computer simulation of the module.

Website: www.ru.nl

Country: the Netherlands


CEA has started solar energy activities with the foundation of the GENEC platform in the eighties and the operation of laboratories working on solar cell technology. By the end of 2005, CEA regrouped its solar activities on the INES campus located on Savoie Technolac. With the change of its name to “Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives”, and 250 employees working at CEA-INES, CEA underlines its clear commitment to solar energies.

Main tasks in the project
CEA-INES will be mainly involved in the systems performance and reliability evaluation. It will cooperate with Radboud University on the determination of test methodology and conditions specifically adapted to CPV.

Website: www.ines-solaire.org

Country: France


ANDALTEC is a private non-profit entity with research capacities recognized as National Plastic Technological Centre (Spain). Its main objective aims at improving competitiveness of companies mainly of plastics and processed metals sectors and strengthening the economy through research, technological development and innovation.

Andaltec is a technological center constituted of around 150 employees among PhDs, engineers, chemists and technicians, with wide expertise in material science, processes and products development as well as physicochemical and mechanical characterizations. The center works in close collaboration with the industries, especially those belonging to the automotive and food packaging sectors, and offers technological services and support in R&D projects (ideas, proposals writing, and execution).

Andaltec has a large experience in the plastic sector with many different application areas such as lighting, transport and packaging. The main capabilities focus on the development of part design, simulation studies either product or process, prototype scale-up by means of extrusion, injection, thermoforming, compounding, as well as additive manufacturing technologies. Finishing of parts such as metallization, surface coatings with inks, paintings, varnishes, adhesives and so on, as well as characterization and validation, are also performed.

Website: www.andaltec.org

Country: Spain


Since 1994, Uniresearch, an independent grant-consultancy company, has specialised in the startup and management of technology innovations. The company provides high-quality services helping clients find funding opportunities and prepare applications for regional, national, and pan-European grants like the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Program (FP7) and Horizon2020. Uniresearch’s full services support customers throughout each stage of a research and innovation project: from project definition, through consortium-building and proposal writing, to contract negotiation, project execution, and dissemination of results. In fact, Uniresearch customers enjoy a success rate for European grants that is three times higher than the average.

Main tasks in the project:
In the CPV4all project Uniresearch has been assigned the task of project management facilitator

Website: www.uniresearch.com

Country: The Netherlands