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EPSRC Reference: EP/J017361/1
Title: SUPERSOLAR Solar Energy Hub
Principal Investigator: Walls, Professor JM
Other Investigators:
Snaith, Professor HJ Walsh, Professor A Gottschalg, Professor R
Buckley, Dr A R Durose, Professor K Hill, Professor MS
Walker, Professor AB Bagnall, Professor D Lidzey, Professor D
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Dyesol GE (General Electric Company) Gencoa Ltd
Johnson Matthey M-Solv Ltd Pilkington
Rank Taylor Hobson Teer Coatings Ltd World Gold Council
Department: Wolfson Sch of Mech, Elec & Manufac Eng
Organisation: Loughborough University
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 May 2012 Ends: 31 October 2017 Value (£): 4,088,360
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Solar Technology
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Energy
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
21 Feb 2012 SUPERGEN Solar Hub Interviews Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The market for photovoltaic (PV) solar modules is experiencing astonishing growth due to increasing energy demand, security of supply issues, increasing cost of fossil fuels and concerns over global warming. The world market for photovoltaics grew by 139% to 21GW in 2010. Although this extraordinary pace of growth is unlikely to be maintained in the short term it will advance rapidly again at the point where grid parity is achieved. It is important that the UK retains a strong research presence in this important technology. It is proposed that the SUPERSOLAR Hub of Universities be set up to co-ordinate research activities, establish a network of academic and industrial researchers, conduct cross-technology research and provide a focus for international co-operation.

SUPERSOLAR is led by CREST at Loughborough University and supported by the Universities of Bath, Liverpool, Oxford, Sheffield and Southampton. This group is active in all of the PV technologies including new materials, thin film chalcopyrite, c-Si, thin film a-Si, dye sensitised solar cells, organic PV, concentrator PV, PV systems performance and testing. SUPERSOLAR will set up a solar cell efficiency measurement facility for the benefit of the PV community in the UK. The consortium contains a deliberate balance of expertise, with no bias towards any one technology.
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