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EPSRC Reference: EP/K022156/1
Title: Scalable Solar Thermoelectrics and Photovaltaics. (SUNTRAP)
Principal Investigator: Knox, Professor AR
Other Investigators:
Macauley, Dr MWS Paul, Dr MC Arjunan, Dr S
Freer, Professor R Mallick, Professor TK Gregory, Professor DH
Paul, Professor DJ Gao, Professor M
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Compound Semiconductor Tech Global Ltd European Thermodynamics Ltd Flexsar Ltd
National Physical Laboratory Sunamp Limited
Department: School of Engineering
Organisation: University of Glasgow
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 November 2013 Ends: 31 October 2017 Value (£): 2,455,231
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Solar Technology
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Energy
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
23 Jan 2013 SUPERGEN Solar Energy Challenges Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
This research project aims to tackle the barriers inhibiting the rapid introduction of large amounts of low-cost electrical and thermal solar energy generation by driving down the cost per kWh. To do this we will:

* Develop enhanced optical concentrator systems which exhibit improved luminance uniformity over the photovoltaic cell;

* Extend the lifetime of the PV cells to beyond 50 years by the use of active thermoelectric cooling;

* Increase the energy conversion efficiency by linearising the PV cell electrical generation, controlling cell temperature and by implementing enhanced Maximum Power Point Tracking algorithms;

* Integrate a thermal storage system with the PV / TE receiver.

* Capture large amounts of thermal energy from the solar-> electrical conversion process and use this to enhance the efficiency of co-generation plant or displace fossil fuel combustion.

The technology resulting from this 4 year research programme will be commercialised throughout the project life by a number of industrial partners and be equally suited to domestic use or to utility-scale power plants connected to the grid. Such installations will make a significant contribution to the UK meeting its 2020 CO2 reduction targets and help ameliorate the growing problems of energy insecurity and energy poverty.
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