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Reference Number EP/L017792/1
Title Photovoltaic Technology based on Earth Abundant Materials - PVTEAM
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) 40%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 40%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr DJ Fermin
No email address given
University of Bristol
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 March 2014
End Date 30 June 2018
Duration 52 months
Total Grant Value £2,012,697
Industrial Sectors Electronics; Manufacturing
Region South West
Programme Energy : Energy, Manufacturing : Manufacturing
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr DJ Fermin , Chemistry, University of Bristol (99.990%)
  Other Investigator Dr R Gottschalg , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Professor J Walls , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Dr J Bowers , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Dr DA Worsley , Engineering, Swansea University (0.001%)
Dr I Forbes , Sch of Engineering & Technology, Northumbria University (0.001%)
Professor LM Peter , Chemistry, University of Bath (0.001%)
Professor M T (Mark ) Weller , Chemistry, University of Bath (0.001%)
Professor KC Molloy , Chemistry, University of Bath (0.001%)
Dr A (Aron ) Walsh , Chemistry, University of Bath (0.001%)
Dr T Watson , Engineering, Swansea University (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Johnson Matthey plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre (0.000%)
Project Contact , NSG Group (UK) (0.000%)
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Abstract To meet teraWatt photovoltaic (PV) capacity targets for 2050, solar modules will require:1. Low manufacturing costs and carbon footprint as well as short energy payback time2. To be incorporated into building-integrated systems3. To be based on low-cost abundant elementsCurrent thin-film PV technologies based on copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) and cadmium telluride (CdTe) have already demonstrated their potential to deliver on the first two requirements. These technologies are currently manufactured at the GW scale, with approximately 10% of the PV market worldwide. However, low abundance, high costs and high toxicity of key elements (In, Ga and Cd) present in active layers are set to severely limit the expansion of this technology in the next decades. Consequently, material substitution and the development of scalable (non-vacuum) processing technologies represent an extraordinary opportunity for the UK to grab an important share of the global photovoltaic market.The aim of PVTEAM is to lay the foundations of sustainable thin-film PV technology based on Earth abundant materials and scalable manufacturing processes. This will be achieved by developing processes and production technologies for materials and material systems to a level they can be taken up by manufacturing industries. This programme covers material specifications and performance, integration into cells and mini-modules as well as developing the technologies required for scale up. PVTEAM will specify a carefully selected range of binary, ternary and quaternary chalcogenides and oxides as substitutes to proven commercial materials. Using a multi-level screening approach, we will incorporate the best performing candidates into industrial processes based on "substrate" and "superstrate" configurations.The consortium involves five universities with state-of-the-art infrastructure for material development and characterisation as well as for device fabrication, testing and integration into PV modules. Material processing will be based on facilities available at the Sustainable Product Engineering Centre (SPECIFIC), which will be in charge of designing scale-up strategies and preparing techno-economic assessment. The PVTEAM industrial partners, Tata Steel, Pilkington NSG and Johnson Matthey, have a worldwide footprint on materials for the construction, coating and chemical industries. The consortium also includes SMEs, M-Solve and Semimetrics, which will provide means for the exploitation of new PVTEAM technologies in module fabrication and metrology.

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