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EPSRC Reference: EP/R035997/1
Title: Optical Transfer of Heat with Electrical and Light Output (OTHELLO)
Principal Investigator: Irvine, Professor SJC
Other Investigators:
Lamb, Dr DA
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Department: College of Engineering
Organisation: Swansea University
Scheme: Technology Programme
Starts: 01 January 2018 Ends: 30 June 2019 Value (£): 145,546
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Solar Technology
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Energy
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The proposal's primary goal is to conduct the research to prove the viability of concentrating the Infra-Red (IR) frequencies that can be captured through thin film Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) solar panels, allowing industry to establish a route to market for combined PV and solar thermal (PVT) panels that co-generate electricity and high temperature heat. This development of an electrically and thermally efficient high temperature static PVT system will rapidly, at scale, address the energy trilemma.

>The primary objective is to use thin film CdTe's outstanding ability to both efficiently and cost-effectively convert the shorter solar wavelengths to electricity, while leaving, as far as possible, longer wavelengths available to generate high temperatures through concentration.

>The secondary objective is to consider how modules could be configured to reduce manufacturing costs to facilitate rapid global rollout.

>The third objective is to consider to what extent the research would be applicable to Perovskite which has the potential to be efficient at similar wavelengths and with even lower costs.
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