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Reference Number EP/M014797/1
Title Improved Understanding, Development and Optimisation of Perovskite-based Solar Cells
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 (Physics) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 50%;
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 January 2015
End Date 31 October 2017
Duration 34 months
Total Grant Value £800,500
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region East Midlands
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor J Walls , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University (99.988%)
  Other Investigator Dr R Gottschalg , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Dr SA Boden , Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton (0.001%)
Dr hjs Snaith , Oxford Physics, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Professor J Durrant , Chemistry, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor Sir R Friend , Physics, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Dr N Greenham , Physics, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Dr AB Walker , Physics, University of Bath (0.001%)
Professor J Nelson , Department of Physics (the Blackett Laboratory), Imperial College London (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%)
Professor P Lagoudakis , School of Physics and Astronom, University of Southampton (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , M-Solv Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of New South Wales, Australia (0.000%)
Project Contact , Colorado State University, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ossila Ltd. (0.000%)
Project Contact , Oxford Photovoltaics Limited (0.000%)
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Abstract Solar is an increasingly important source of power generation. Word-wide installations of new solar modules will exceed 40GW in 2014 with over 1GW that capacity will be installed in the UK. The cost of modules has decreased sharply over the past two years due to over-supply from manufacturers. The cost reduction is now stimulating demand because the cost of energy from solar is now at 'grid parity' in some important regions of the world.An exciting new type of solar cell based on thin film perovskite light absorbers has been discovered in the UK which has the potential to lower costs still further. The discovery has been made by a team of researchers at Oxford University. The progress they have made with these new devices has been unprecedented and in only two years the Oxford team has achieved conversion efficiencies exceeding 17%. Moreover, the technology has been protected by filing patent applications on the fundamental discoveries.The Supergen Supersolar Hub comprises eight of the UK's leading University groups (including Oxford) engaged in the development of photovoltaic technologies. The Supergen SuperSolar Hub was quick to recognise the importance of the perovskite development and has already funded complementary research programmes in Hub member and Associate member laboratories through its flexible funding. This proposal for Supergen + funding will increase the scope and ambition of the Hub's perovskite research in modelling, synthesis, process optimization and characterization to boost conversion efficiencies still further and help maintain the UK's leadership position. In addition to the proposed research, proposals are made to increase the Hub's involvement with industry and with leading International laboratories to accelerate progress and lay the foundations for timely exploitation.

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