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EPSRC Reference: GR/S86341/01
Title: SUPERGEN - PV Materials for the 21st Century
Principal Investigator: Durose, Professor K
Other Investigators:
Boreland, Dr M Bagnall, Professor D Forbes, Dr I
Irvine, Professor SJC Peter, Professor LM
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
BP Crystalox Limited Gatan
Kurt J Lesker Co Ltd MATS (UK) Ltd Millbrook Instruments Ltd
Oxford Lasers Ltd SAFC Hitech
Department: Physics
Organisation: Durham, University of
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 April 2004 Ends: 31 March 2008 Value (£): 5,544,750
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Characterisation Materials Processing
Materials Synthesis & Growth Solar Technology
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Energy
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PV-Supergen is a consortium of six partners, brought together by EPSRC, to establish a world class capability in advanced wafer silicon and thin film PV devices. This proposal sets out a four year project that will achieve a high degree of integration between the academic consortium members and 8 industrial partners. The ethos of this proposal has been to combine the best expertise of each partner to, have a holistic capability in each of the main PV material systems: silicon, cadmium telluride and the copper indium diselenide family of materials. Through this approach the PV-Supergen consortium is seeking added value through team working to provide technology platforms for demonstrating state of the art devices and to effectively test new ideas. To achieve this we need to have excellent characterisation capability and to seek improvements in device performance that are knowledge led. It is anticipated that step changes in performance, demonstrated in the laboratory, would be more readily translated into PV module manufacture if detailed characterisation is known of the structural, optical and electronic properties of the materials and devices. PV-Supergen will provide a path for substantial cost reduction (cost/Wp) in PV module manufacture through enabling lower cost processing, lower cost materials (thin film technology) while making improvements in cell conversion efficiency and stability.
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