The Centre for Solar Energy Research

The Centre for Solar Energy Research (CSER) is part of Swansea University’s College of Engineering and is based at the OpTIC Centre, St. Asaph. CSER is the project lead for the £7.2M Solar Photovoltaic Academic Research Consortium (SPARC II). This Welsh European Funding Office SO1.1 operation provides the underpinning funding for a collaboration of 6 research teams across the Universities of Swansea, Aberystwyth and Bangor. CSER collaborates on renewable energy R & D both within the UK and internationally and has a strong track record in researching novel solar photovoltaic (PV) materials and devices. CSER focuses its research towards commercial applications with several of CSER’s previous grant funded projects involving collaborative work with both industrial and academic partners. Through these interactions CSER has gained a world-class reputation in Solar PV and technology transfer.

 The Centre aims:

  • To continue to develop technologies and materials that will, at the end of the PV supply chain, improve the efficiency of PV and therefore increase electricity generation from renewable sources
  • To assist businesses working on any aspect of the renewable energy supply chain, including collaborative research and development, and by offering analytical services and training.
  • Accelerating progress in solar energy technology through linking fundamental research to industrial application

 The Centre provides:

  1. State-of-the-art material and PV preparation facilities
  2. Characterisation and inspection equipment
  3. Consultancy and project collaboration expertise
  4. A network of business and academic contacts and expertise

Commercial and Consultancy Services

  • Strategic consultancy
  • Deposition and coating of inorganic materials
  • Product development and device scale-up
  • Materials and device characterisation
  • Process monitoring and assessment
  • Modelling and process control
  • Optoelectronic design and device prototyping