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Reference Number EP/M023532/1
Title (Newton) Advancing the efficiency and production potential of excitonic solar cells (APEX), Phase- II
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 60%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 10%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor HM (Hari ) Upadhyaya
No email address given
School of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Heriot-Watt University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 December 2014
End Date 31 March 2018
Duration 40 months
Total Grant Value £1,283,497
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Scotland
Programme Newton Programme
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor HM (Hari ) Upadhyaya , School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University (99.995%)
  Other Investigator Dr hjs Snaith , Oxford Physics, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Dr SA Haque , Chemistry, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor J Durrant , Chemistry, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr N Robertson , Sch of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
Professor Sir R Friend , Physics, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Swansea University (0.000%)
Project Contact , Pilkington Group Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , DuPont Teijin Films UK Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , G24 Power (0.000%)
Project Contact , The Solar Press UK Ltd. (0.000%)
Project Contact , Oxford Photovoltaics Limited (0.000%)
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Abstract UK and India are both rising stars in the promotion of Solar Energy viz. direct generation of electricity from the Sun called photovoltaics (PV). In the UK, PV is seen as a key technology to reduce the carbon footprint of electricity generation. It is also a necessity if future building standards are to be met, which will require on-site generation. PV is the only way to meet this to date. DECC has announced recently 'The Solar Strategy' which promotes the deployment of solar technologies on the existing buildings. In India PV has the added benefit that it is a highly scalable technology that can be deployed to support the grid infrastructure and indeed can be built possibly faster than conventional power plants through terrestrial solar farms and BIPV sectors. The current APEX program stems from the strategic move by the governments of the UK and India who jointly identified Solar Energy as an area of significance in providing solutions to the problem of meeting future energy needs. This partnership was aimed at linking the strengths of both countries to enhance the research capabilities of both nations. APEX had been focusing on the development of new functional materials, device structures, materials processing and engineering of photovoltaic modules utilising excitonic solar cells (ESCs). These are a class of nano-structured solar cells based on organic nano-composites and dye-sensitised nanocrystalline TiO2 materials. The current state-of-the-art power conversion efficiency (PCE) figures ~11.4% and ~9.2% has been achieved in liquid junction dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) and organic solar cells (OSC), respectively. In the pursuit of achieving high efficiency solid state DSSC, a new breakthrough has been established recently through our Oxford group (Prof. Henry Snaith) who achieved >17% efficient solid state devices using pervoskite solar cells. Thus, the APEX team enjoys the exceptional, world-class capability in Excitonic PV technology. The success of the program had been through its novelty, innovation and cutting edge R&D capability it possesses
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