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Reference Number EP/J500021/1
Title Scalable low-cost organic photovoltaic devices
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) 40%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 20%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr SA Haque
No email address given
Imperial College London
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 May 2011
End Date 30 April 2014
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £803,541
Industrial Sectors Electronics; Energy
Region London
Programme Energy : Physical Sciences
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr SA Haque , Chemistry, Imperial College London (99.993%)
  Other Investigator Professor J Durrant , Chemistry, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr I McCulloch , Chemistry, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr MJ Heeney , Chemistry, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor J Nelson , Department of Physics (the Blackett Laboratory), Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor D C (Donal ) Bradley , Department of Physics (the Blackett Laboratory), Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr JS Kim , Department of Physics (the Blackett Laboratory), Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr N (Natalie ) Stingelin-Stutzmann , Materials, Imperial College London (0.001%)
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Abstract The displacement of CO2 emissions by renewable sources of energy critically depends upon the development of low-cost and widely accessible routes to clean energy generation. Solution processed organic solar cells based upon nanostructured donor-acceptor heterojunctions are currently attracting significant interest for this purpose. Substantial advances in the performance and efficiency of organic photovoltaic devices have been reported in recent years. This project focuses on three key challenges for the translation of these lab-scale efficiencies into, low cost, scalable photovoltaic device technologies. Specifically, the three aims of this project are: (i) development of indium and PEDOT -free transparent conducting electrodes which are compatible with high device-module efficiencies and cost effective scale up and (ii) development of new synthetic methods for the scale-up of high-performance organic semiconductors and (iii) the implementation of these materials into OPV modules fabricated employing processing methodologies compatible with high through put, low cost manufacture. To address these aims we have assembled a highly multidisciplinary team comprising academics and industries with world-leading expertise in inorganic oxide electrode film deposition, polymer synthesis, processing, thin-film printing, functional characterization, nanomorphology, device physics and manufacturing. This proposal builds directly on the substantial advances made in our Stage 1 Grand Challenge in Nanotechnology and Energy program funded by EPSRC, targeting the demonstration of a commercially viable production process for OPV devices with enhanced stability and reduced cost
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