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Reference Number InnUK/102224/01
Title Low-Cost Alkaline Solar Cells
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 50%;
Final stage Development and Demonstration 50%;
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 25%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Solaris Photonics Limited
Award Type Collaborative Research & Development
Funding Source Innovate-UK
Start Date 01 June 2015
End Date 31 May 2016
Duration 12 months
Total Grant Value £172,784
Industrial Sectors
Region London
Programme Competition Call: 1405_CRD_ENE_GEN_ENCATESR1 - Not Available. Activity Energy Catalyst Rnd 1 Early Stage
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Solaris Photonics Limited (45.099%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Cranfield University (54.901%)
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Objectives
Abstract Photovoltaic (PV) devices are one of the main alternatives of environmentally clean and renewable energy. The conversion efficiency of solar power into electricity using PV technology is currently limited owing to unwanted heat generation and high production cost. The innovative alkaline PV technology (patented by Solaris Photonics) promises to simplify solar cells manufacturing steps, and its development could meet the essential objective of lowering the production cost from current $0.7/W down to $0.13/W utilising an all-sputtering process and novel alkaline semiconductor materials with high conversion efficiency (14-30%) thus lowering the cost of conventionally generated electricity at point of use. The current proposal aims at the development of novel sputtering targets based on abundant alkaline materials capable of being deposited as thin-film layers on large areas by industrial sputtering equipment in order to fabricate high-efficiency and low-cost pre-industrial prototype "Alkaline Solar Cells" utilizing an all sputtering manufacturing process.Photovoltaic (PV) devices are one of the main alternatives of environmentally clean and renewable energy. The conversion efficiency of solar power into electricity using PV technology is currently limited owing to unwanted heat generation and high production cost. The innovative alkaline PV technology (patented by Solaris Photonics) promises to simplify solar cells manufacturing steps, and its development could meet the essential objective of lowering the production cost from current $0.7/W down to $0.13/W utilising an all-sputtering process and novel alkaline semiconductor materials with high conversion efficiency (14-30%) thus lowering the cost of conventionally generated electricity at point of use. The current proposal aims at the development of novel sputtering targets based on abundant alkaline materials capable of being deposited as thin-film layers on large areas by industrial sputtering equipment in order to fabricate high-efficiency and low-cost pre-industrial prototype "Alkaline Solar Cells" utilizing an all sputtering manufacturing process.
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Added to Database 06/10/15