SIKELOR is concerned with innovative technologies for silicon kerf loss recycling. The project consortium developed a dissemination to achieve a maximum impact silicon production in Europe. Especially in the fields of sustainable energy, waste reduction, and saving both valuable materials and energy, dissemination is of elevated interest; the efficient methods to be developed in the project have the potential to increase the competitiveness of Europe’s solar silicon industry against Asian players.
The main target groups identified for dissemination are:
Dissemination material will be created specifically for the above groups and communicated to them via appropriate ways. The SIKELOR website is foreseen as a basic tool for distributing information and presenting the outcome of the project. Periodic release of fact sheets and leaflets is thought of being another general channel for communication.
Publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and contributions to international scientific conferences are the appropriate means to bring the projects results to the attention of the scientific community. Fundamental aspects of the project findings will be submitted to the leading journals in the respective research field. The academic partners will take leadership of preparation and submission of journal articles and conference contributions. All partners are closely cross-linked with the scientific community in the fields of electromagnetic processing of materials, electrical engineering, crystal growth and numerical computations. Particular dissemination will go to:
The attention of the target audience from the industry as particular users, vendors of equipment and industrial associations should be attracted primarily by the presence of SIKELOR at relevant conferences and exhibitions. This measure is regarded as being capable of identifying potential users, partners, and sources of finance for commercialization, thus stimulating the market uptake of project results. The progress of the project will be demonstrated by specific exhibits, posters, brochures and handouts. The presence of the SME partners at exhibitions is an important tool for advertising the technical project achievements towards the innovation community. GARBO is already active in this field for years and plans to have a booth at the exhibitions connected to the high-impact photovoltaic conferences. An exhibition is planned for the power supply to be developed by EAAT. Depending on the interest of potential users having visited the exhibition, a market analysis will be conducted. Advertising campaigns are envisaged in the case of a positive outcome of the analysis.
The UNIPD developed the iDSS furnace in the framework of the common spin-off inovaLAB with SAET group, Leinì, TO, Italy. SAET, a large-scale enterprise with overseas branches in the US, India, and China, is one of Europe’s centers of competence for heat treat machines and power supplies. SAET certainly will show interest in the project results. If they appear as expected, a market analysis on implementing the SIKELOR technologies in iDSS furnaces will be conducted. In the case of a positive outcome, this may provide the means to sell European technologies even on the dominating Asian market.
Demonstrations will be established to show the feasibility of recycling silicon kerf loss and to cast ingots suitable for subsequent manufacturing of photovoltaic solar cells. The demonstrations will be documented in case studies and developed into presentations. These demonstrations will be hosted on the web site in form of presentations and video podcasts and will be used in the workshop, the exhibitions, the summer school, and the conferences.
As a dedicated support of the dissemination strategy, a workshop for the industrial target audience will be organized. Demonstrations showing the feasibility of the SIKELOR technological approach will be prepared for that workshop and industrial exhibitions. Moreover, articles will be submitted to industry-relevant and trade journals dealing with the context of photovoltaic industry.
Specific conclusions for policy groups will be included into the summary report of the project achievements at the end of SIKELOR. This document will focus on relevant information for politicians and decision makers for facilitating the European photovoltaic branch and for supporting the implementation of EC environmental policies (Renewable Energy Directive, Europe 2020 Strategy for sustainable growth, etc.) Furthermore, a Science-policy report will be prepared which will contain the conclusions from the project outcome highlighting important deliverables and key results to be disseminated to politicians and decision makers. This document will conclude the potential impact of SIKELOR with respect to future organization of research and development activities in the field of material recycling in the photovoltaic industry.
The credibility of the mass media will by employed to inform the interested public about the SIKELOR project. Contributions are planned for newspaper and magazines. In this respect, the project will be supported by the Department of Public Relations at HZDR periodically issuing press releases. Furthermore, this department will establish contacts with specialized journalists from newspapers, radio and TV. All public information will be available on the SIKELOR website. In particular, this offer comprises information leaflets, fact sheets and links to related information sources. The texts will be prepared in a popular scientific way.
The SIKELOR webpage is the most important tool for dissemination of the project results. The Webpage is activated since January 31th, 2014 under http://www.sikelor.eu. According to the progress in the project, the contents of the website will be continuously extended and updated.
The Consortium foresees at least 6–8 high-quality publications in international scientific journals during the life span of the project.
Main international conferences are considered for presenting the scientific results of the project, such as:
Technical achievements will be conveyed to the target audience in the form of contributions to Photovoltaic magazines such as Photon International, PV magazine or Photovoltaic International. A first article about the SIKELOR project has already been published in the German magazine VDI Nachrichten in January 2014. The Department of Public Relations at the HZDR will assist the Consortium for further publications in selected newspapers.
Leaflets and factsheets will updated at least once a year.
The Science Policy report will be issued at the end of the project.