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EPSRC Reference: EP/R014884/1
Title: Achieving higher solar cell performance through international collaboration
Principal Investigator: Beattie, Dr NS
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Fraunhofer Institut (Multiple, Grouped) Nanyang Technological University
Department: Fac of Engineering and Environment
Organisation: Northumbria, University of
Scheme: Overseas Travel Grants (OTGS)
Starts: 01 January 2018 Ends: 30 June 2018 Value (£): 15,763
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Solar Technology
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Energy
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
04 Oct 2017 Engineering Prioritisation Panel Meeting 4 October 2017 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
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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