Category: Research Projects

Roll to Module Processed Crystalline Silicon Thin-Films for Higher than 20% Efficient PV modules (R2M-SI)

The current technologies to produce photovoltaic modules exhibit features, which prevent cost-reduction to below 0.5 €/Wp: – Sawing/Wafering and Module assembly is costly and material intensive for wafer solar cells – Efficiency is comparatively low for classical thin-film solar cells (CdTe, CIS, a-Si/µc-Si, dye, organic). One approach to avoid both disadvantages is the so-called crystalline […]

Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) Based Photovoltaic Device

Sea creatures – source of clean energy. Zackary Chiragwandi and his colleagues from the Chalmers technology University in Goteborg , Switzerland developed photovoltaic device based on green fluorescent protein (GFP) extracted from jellyfish Aequorea Victoria. The team put 2 aluminum electrodes close to each other on a substrate from silica. After that they drop GFP […]

India Solar Photovoltaic Research And Development Program

R&D projects are supported by the Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources at research organizations of the Central or State Governments, autonomous societies, Universities, recognized colleges, Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and industries, etc., which have suitable infrastructure for undertaking R&D in solar photovoltaic technology. R&D proposals are evaluated by experts and recommended to the Ministry […]

NGCPV: A New Generation Of Concentrator Photovoltaic Cells, Modules and Systems

The Project, through collaborative research between seven European and nine Japanese leading research centres, in the field of concentration photovoltaic (CPV), pursues the improvement of present concentrator cell, module and system efficiency. Particular effort will be devoted to the development of multijunction solar cells (by carrying out research on metamorphic, lattice match, inverted and bifacial […]

Large-area Organic and Hybrid Solar Cells – LARGECELLS Research Project

LARGECELLS: Large-area Organic and Hybrid Solar Cells: The task of developing large-area, thin-film solar cells based on polymers, as well as solid-state organic-inorganic (hybrid) systems, will be undertaken. The required novel materials (charge transport polymers, semiconductor surfactants/compatibilisers and inorganic nanoparticles) will be synthesised and the compounds with the most potential will be scaled-up for the […]

MOLESOL: All-carbon Platforms for Highly Efficient Molecular Wire-coupled Dye-sensitized Solar Cells Research Project

The proposed project comes with a visionary approach, aiming at the development of a highly efficient molecular-wire charge transfer platform to be used in a novel generation thin-film dye-sensitised solar cell fabricated via organic chemistry routes. The proposed technology combines the assembled dye monolayers, linked with organic molecular wires to semiconducting thin flm deposited on […]

AGATHA: Advanced Gratting for Thin Films Solar Cell Research Project

The minority carrier diffusion lengths are small in polycrystalline or amorphous materials used in thin-film solar cells, requiring thin layers to maximize charge collection. This is contradictory for the requirement to maximize solar energy absorption. The optical design, consisting in increasing a solar cell’s light-trapping capability is of prime importance. In order to provide total […]