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Reference Number S/P2/00480/00/00
Title High efficiency solar panels based on multilayer graded-bandgap CIGS
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 50%;
Applied Research and Development 50%;
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Ionotec Ltd
Award Type Standard
Funding Source DTI
Start Date 03 October 2005
End Date 02 October 2008
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £637,410
Industrial Sectors Power
Region North West
Programme SOLAR-PV
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Ionotec Ltd (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Sheffield Hallam University (0.001%)
Project Contact , Pilkington Group Ltd (0.001%)
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Objectives A new PV cell model has been formulated, patented and published by Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) which shows that device stability and efficiency are greatly influenced by Fermi level pinning at different defect levels present at the semiconductor-metal interface. This is a fundamental breakthrough in device understanding which creates the potential for producing a graded-bandgap multilayer thin film solarpanel of significantly improved performance. The project aim is to investigate and develop a novel semiconductor deposition process which has the potential for producing graded-bandgap CuInGaSe2 (CIGS) based solar panels, addressing the anticipated processing problems of uniformity and reproducibility with the aid of the improved device understanding. An industrial research electrodeposition facility will beset up for the production and evaluation of prototypes, supported by a basic and strategic research programme.
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