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Reference Number EP/J017361/1
Title SUPERSOLAR Solar Energy Hub
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 35%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 30%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor J Walls
No email address given
Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Loughborough University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 May 2012
End Date 31 October 2017
Duration 66 months
Total Grant Value £4,088,360
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region East Midlands
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor J Walls , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University (99.991%)
  Other Investigator Dr R Gottschalg , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Dr D Bagnall , Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton (0.001%)
Dr hjs Snaith , Oxford Physics, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Dr AB Walker , Physics, University of Bath (0.001%)
Dr MS Hill , Chemistry, University of Bath (0.001%)
Dr A (Aron ) Walsh , Chemistry, University of Bath (0.001%)
Professor DG Lidzey , Physics and Astronomy, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Dr A R Buckley , Physics and Astronomy, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Dr K (Ken ) Durose , Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy, University of Liverpool (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Gencoa Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , GE Global Research, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Teer Coatings Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Johnson Matthey Technology Centre (0.000%)
Project Contact , M-Solv Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , PCS Instruments (0.000%)
Project Contact , World Gold Council (0.000%)
Project Contact , Pilkington Technical Centre (0.000%)
Project Contact , Rank Taylor Hobson Ltd (0.000%)
Web Site http://www.supersolar-hub.org/
Abstract 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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