Stiftelsen for industriell og teknisk forskning (SINTEF)
Stiftelsen for industriell og teknisk forskning (SINTEF) is the largest independent contract research organization in Scandinavia and the 4th largest in Europe. SINTEF has about 2000 employees. It is a multidisciplinary organisation with over 90% of the income coming from commissions from industry and public administration and from project funding from the Research Council of Norway. SINTEF Material and Chemistry has about 400 employees and focusing on materials related research, including materials for PV. Silicon is considered as a dominating PV material, therefore Si based PV is a prioritised area for SINTEF. The main role of SINTEF is the development of low cost thin film Si based advanced solar cell structures (bottom cells) using e-beam, magnetron and printing technologies. SINTEF will also work with the characterization of Si and CZTS materials, as well as with integration of CZTS based structures with bottom Si based solar cells.