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Projects: Projects for Investigator
Reference Number EP/R014884/1
Title Achieving higher solar cell performance through international collaboration
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 (Physics) 50%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr NS Beattie
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Fac of Engineering and Environment
Northumbria University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 March 2018
End Date 31 August 2018
Duration 6 months
Total Grant Value £15,763
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region North East
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr NS Beattie , Fac of Engineering and Environment, Northumbria University (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Germany (0.000%)
Project Contact , Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) (0.000%)
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Abstract I have recently developed two new solar cells based on semiconductor nanotechnologies that offer the potential for higher efficiency and lower cost. In order to progress these technologies, specialist facilities are now required to gain a deeper scientific understanding of their advantages and to develop new implementations which will make renewable energy generation more competitive.In this Overseas Travel Grant, I will access the required specialist facilities and related expertise by taking my solar cells to laboratories in Singapore (Nanyang Technical University) and Germany (Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy) and performing three novel experiments. These experiments involve state-of-the-art equipment which are not readily available in the UK for example, at Nanyang Technical University, I will study the current pathways in my solar cells at the atomic scale as well as combining them with other solar cell technology to assess the potential for new low-cost, high efficiency solar cells that can be scaled up sustainably. Similarly, at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy, I will expose my solar cells to high optical concentration (more than 500 times the power of the sun at the Earth's surface) to maximise the contribution from nanometre sized quantum dots which capture more of the incident sunlight.Importantly, this research programme will also enable me to initiate new collaborations with world-leading experts. Through the exchange of knowledge and skills, it offers a unique professional development opportunity that I will exploit to benefit scientific research and innovation in the UK. This will be achieved by generating essential feasibility data for a deeper major programme of collaborative research that will involve industrial partners. The programme also contains several important opportunities for dissemination with the wider energy materials scientific community but also with young people and school teachers that are engaged with science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects.
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