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Reference Number GR/T03307/01
Title Optimised Efficiency of Thin Film Photovoltaic Device
Status Completed
Energy Categories RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr R Gottschalg
No email address given
Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Loughborough University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2004
End Date 30 September 2009
Duration 60 months
Total Grant Value £263,886
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region East Midlands
Programme Materials, Mechanical and Medical Eng
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr R Gottschalg , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University (100.000%)
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Abstract The ARF will develop a three imensional model based on distributed diode characteristics for all currently commercialised thin film device structures. The initial focus will be on micromorph and CdTe devices without a metallic back contact. A novel measurementapparatus will be built specifically to measure of these distributed diode characteristics. The model be used to investigate the well known difference of laboratory efficiency and realistic outdoor operating efficiency. A separation of the environmental effects will be possible and an optimisation of device structurescan be carried out for energy yield. This will address the most pressing issue of thin film photovoltaics: the high cost of electricity generation. Collaborating with internationally leading research institutes will ensure scientific relevance. The existing LBIC system will be extended to allow the investigation of integrally interconnected multi-junction devices. Critically, it will be able to measure each junction in a multi-junction separately. The measurement science will be developed that localised I-V measurements can be taken. Close relationship with manufacturers will allow to develop new algorithms for the identification of production problems and ensure a speedy dissemination
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