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Reference Number InnUK/102235/01
Title Low Cost Solution Processed CIGS Solar Cells
Status Completed
Energy Categories RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 50%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Nanoco Technologies Ltd
Award Type Collaborative Research & Development
Funding Source Innovate-UK
Start Date 01 April 2015
End Date 31 March 2017
Duration 24 months
Total Grant Value £399,562
Industrial Sectors
Region North West
Programme Competition Call: 1405_CRD_ENE_GEN_ENCATMSR1 - Energy Catalyst Mid Stage Round 1. Activity Energy Catalyst Rnd 1 Mid Stage
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Nanoco Technologies Ltd (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Mechanical Engineering, Loughborough University (0.000%)
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Abstract The market for photovoltaic (PV) modules has grown at 35 % p.a. compound over the past 15 years and will exceed 40 GW in 2014. The drivers behind this extraordinary growth include the rising cost of fossil fuels, concerns over security of energy supplies and worries over climate change. Governments agencies world wide, including the DECC in the UK, are encouraging the deployment of PV through incentives. However as the cost of PV reduces many important regions are now at grid parity which removes the need for subsidies. This project will develop a new solution processed thin film photovoltaic device from a nanoparticle precursor, which offers a cheaper route to producing PV modules. The aim of the project will be to integrate technologies developed by the project partners, to improve the efficiency of small area solar cells, then to scale the technology to mini-module dimensions, while maintaining a focus on reducing the cost of the process. The application of the technology to flexible substrates will also be assessed. Lower cost processing of modules will develop a lucrative business for CIGS nanoparticle inks and even greater growth of solar energy deployment.The market for photovoltaic (PV) modules has grown at 35 % p.a. compound over the past 15 years and will exceed 40 GW in 2014. The drivers behind this extraordinary growth include the rising cost of fossil fuels, concerns over security of energy supplies and worries over climate change. Governments agencies world wide, including the DECC in the UK, are encouraging the deployment of PV through incentives. However as the cost of PV reduces many important regions are now at grid parity which removes the need for subsidies. This project will develop a new solution processed thin film photovoltaic device from a nanoparticle precursor, which offers a cheaper route to producing PV modules. The aim of the project will be to integrate technologies developed by the project partners, to improve the efficiency of small area solar cells, then to scale the technology to mini-module dimensions, while maintaining a focus on reducing the cost of the process. The application of the technology to flexible substrates will also be assessed. Lower cost processing of modules will develop a lucrative business for CIGS nanoparticle inks and even greater growth of solar energy deployment.
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