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UK R&D Showcase – NEC 14-16 October

The NEC, Birmingham, UK | 14 – 16 October 2014

UK R&D Showcase

Call for poster submissions – Deadline 5 September

This is a unique opportunity to disseminate UK R&D excellence to a broad industrial audience in a themed poster presentation session with a drinks reception on the evening of the 15 October at this premier UK solar industry event. One page abstracts are invited on the broad themes listed below for selection for poster presentation at the UK R&D Showcase. The best poster in each category will be awarded at the drinks reception and will have the opportunity to write an article on the R&D project that will feature in PV International.

Poster categories:

  1. Materials and devices (New or modified PV materials to meet the challenges of lower cost PV, BIPV and materials sustainability)
  2. PV modules (Enhanced light capture, improved module durability, fabrication methods, module design and module lifetime and performance)
  3. Balance of Systems (Inverter design, reliability, testing, monitoring, smart grids)
  4. Smart PV solutions (supply/ demand balancing, storage, energy management systems relating to PV)
  5. Manufacturing technology (Low cost and high volume manufacturing, manufacturing yield, roll to roll manufacturing, coating technology)
  6. PV system performance (monitoring of PV systems from domestic to large ground mount, modelling and predicting energy output, durability, failure mechanisms)
  7. Solar Thermal (materials for solar thermal systems, collector design, system performance)

Abstract:

Abstracts must be 1 side of A4, submitted as a pdf file to Emma Dawson ( e.dawson@glyndwr.ac.uk) and must include the following: abstract, title, authors, affiliation, email address of lead author and poster category.

The body of the abstract should explain to a broad audience the novelty and achievements of the research and the potential impact on future solar energy products and deployment.

Selection criteria:

  • Clarity of abstract
  • Internationally competitive research
  • Potential for commercial exploitation of the research
  • Demonstration of successful outcomes

Invited talk – 17th International Conference on Metal- Organic Vapour Phase Epitaxy

Dr Vincent Barrioz, Senior Research Lecturer in CSER presented a keynote invited talk at the 17th International Conference on Metal- Organic Vapour Phase Epitaxy in Lausanne, Switzerland last week. The title of the presentation was “MOCVD for solar cells, a transition towards a chamberless inline process” and described some ground breaking work on a new process for high volume manufacture of semiconductor thin films which has been carried out on the SPARC and the CIPAM project. This was very well received by the international audience and Vincent received many very positive comments following the talk.

WELSH ENERGY SECTOR TRAINING CONFERENCE 2014

16th September
09:00am – 20:00pm
Liberty Stadium, Swansea

LCRI’s Welsh Energy Sector Training project has developed a series of training courses based on recent research from the LCRI, covering the themes of Hydrogen, Large Scale Power Generation, Low Carbon Built Environment, Marine Energy, Solar PV, Enterprise and Economy. The WEST Conference will offer a range of taster sessions, and the opportunity to register for more in-depth training.

Speakers at the conference will include Professor Peter Pearson, Director of Low Carbon Research Institute, Dr Julie Gwilliam, Director of Welsh Energy Sector Training, and David Clubb, Director of RenewableUK Cymru.

The training courses are aimed at people working, or interested In working with the energy sector in Wales. They are available via a blended learning format, either purely online, or as a mixture of online and face-to-face sessions, and are fully funded for people living and working within Convergence areas of Wales.

To register for this conference and for more information please visit

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-conference-2014-welsh-energy-sector-training-tickets-11914325067

www.westproject.org.uk

www.lcriconvergence.ac.uk

New Research Grant awarded for Chamberless In-line Processes for Advanced Materials

The Centre for Solar Energy Research has been awarded a new Welsh Government A4B funded project “Chamberless In-line Processes for Advanced Materials (CIPAM)” which is worth £207,155.  This is a 15 month project, led by Dr Vincent Barrioz. This project started on the 1st October 2013 and will take forward the pioneering work on the unique in-line MOCVD process for deposition of thin film solar cells.  This project will enhance the portfolio of IP owned by Glyndŵr University on the processing of functional materials and will help to attract inward investment to North Wales.

For more details please contact Dr. Vincent Barrioz  v.barrioz@glyndwr.ac.uk

Prof. Stuart Irvine

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s.j.c.irvine@swansea.ac.uk

Research Professor in Solar Energy and Opto-electronics at Swansea University.Current research interests include thin film photovoltaic (PV) research, transparent conducting oxides (TCOs), MOCVD of II-VI semiconductors, in-line deposition of thin film coatings for thin film PV, PV module fabrication, inkjet printing of metal contacts, characterisation of PV devices and PV modules. Interest in the fundamental mechanisms of MOCVD include reaction kinetics, precursor chemistry and nucleation mechanisms. The PV research entails innovative methods for improving PV module efficiency such as light management and extending the spectral range of PV devices. Monitoring of PV systems is aimed at exploring methods for extracting more energy under different climatic conditions. Other aspects of research into PV performance include long term degradation mechanisms and carbon footprint of PV module manufacture. Professor Irvine has a particularly interest in novel PV materials and devices for Building Integrated PV (BIPV) systems and PV for space applications.

Dr. Dan Lamb, CChem, MRSC.

dan_lambSenior Research Officer

d.a.lamb@swansea.ac.uk

Dan is currently researching high-power, low-weight, flexible thin film photovoltaics for space application.  The research is conducted in collaboration with Surrey University, Qioptiq Space Technology and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.  The project has led to the first reported direct deposition of a thin film solar cell onto 100 micron thick space qualified cover glass. Initial targets have been exceeded with published solar cell conversion efficiency of 15 % and demonstration of durability with excellent adhesion of the solar cells subjected to extreme thermal shock testing. Most recently, Dan has collaborated with the Surrey Space Centre to build a flight demonstrator of the CSER solar cell which is now orbiting the earth on the UK Space Agency’s AlSat Nano satellite. The solar cell on-board AlSat Nano will feed-back live data on the cells performance and give this new technology the all important space heritage.

Dr. Andy Clayton, CChem, MRSC.

andy clayton croppedResearch Officer

andrew.j.clayton@swansea.ac.uk

Andy is currently working on thin film tin sulphide (SnS) photovoltaics (PV) using a prototype inline metal organic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) reactor. He also works on transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) using a large area inline MOCVD system and is currently focused on aluminium doped zinc oxide (AZO), as well as using zinc oxide (ZnO) as a resistive barrier layer. Andy is working towards an Earth abundant non-toxic solar cell device and has interests in the investigation of suitable n-type buffer/window layers for an effective p-n junction in a SnS-based solar cell. Other interests include the CVD approach for fabrication of perovskite films for improvement of structure stability and long term performance of solar cells using tin halides. Andy has designed and built a gas delivery system for perovskite CVD, with use of metal organic chemical precursors and capability for industrial scale-up. He has also established a robust platform process for thin film cadmium telluride (CdTe) PV with tight control on all MOCVD process parameters from substrate to solar cell device. This included development of ultra-thin CdTe solar cells, working towards reducing material consumption and production costs for commercial manufacture.

Dr. Giray Kartopu, MInstP.

giray newResearch Officer

giray.kartopu@swansea.ac.uk

Giray Kartopu joined CSER in 2010, after serving other postdoctoral research associate positions at the University of Applied Sciences Kiel in Germany (2004-2008) and The University of Nottingham (2008-2010). His initial work involved synthesis and characterisation of the functional properties of quantum dots, nanowire arrays, and thin films. He has published 1 book chapter (title: Fabrication and applications of metal nanowire arrays electrodeposited in ordered porous templates) and about 40 papers. His current research interests include deposition and optimisation of thin film solar cells and modules by MOCVD, inkjet deposition (metallic contacts), and in-line MOCVD for the scale up.

Steve Jones, MSc, IEng, M.I.E.T, L.C.G.I.

steve_jones2Senior Technical Officer / Laboratory Manager

stephen.jones@swansea.ac.uk

Steve has been active in the research field of thin film semiconductors for 20+ years. He has worked on applications such as transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) and p/n junctions through to ultra-hard coatings.  Some of the thin film materials studied have included zinc oxide, cadmium oxide, CdTe; all deposited by the metal organic chemical vapour deposition technique (MOCVD).  He has experience of managing commercial projects and delivering custom designed thin film solutions from concept to demonstration coating. He has many years of experience in compound semiconductor research with expertise in crystal growth, thin film deposition of compound semiconductors using Metal Organic Chemical Vapour Deposition (MOCVD), materials characterisation and device physics.  Experience in renewable energy includes photovoltaic (PV) solar energy based on compound semiconductor thin film materials, measurement of PV cell characteristics and PV cell design. Steve is an experienced Industrial electrician and has recently gained an MSc in Chemistry.

Peter Siderfin

peter140x80Research Technician

p.j.siderfin@swansea.ac.uk

Peter joined the CSER team 5 years ago from industry. He is a multi-disciplined engineer who has 20 years R&D experience. Peter is responsible for the development, design and construction of new prototype test equipment and assists commercial companies with characterisation utilising many of the analytical equipment at CSER and product testing and development.

Contact Details

Address

Centre for Solar Energy Research
The OpTIC Centre
Swansea University
St. Asaph Business Park
St. Asaph.  LL17 0JD

Phone

+44 (0)1745 535158

ESP KTN Roadmap consultation event

UK PV Roadmap 2013

The ESP KTN and The Centre for Solar Energy Research (CSER) and The Welsh Opto-electronics Forum are working together to explore the needs, drivers and future expectations of the PV Solar Energy industry within the UK to assist in producing a new UK PV Roadmap.

On the 2nd and 3rd May 2013 CSER hosted a workshop to explore the needs, drivers and future expectations of the PV Solar Energy industry. The event and conference dinner was attended by over 30 key industrial and academic delegates working across the supply chain in PV with the Keynote presentation being delivered by Ray Noble of the Solar Trade Association.

The roadmap will inform funding bodies and government agencies of areas requiring vital funding. It will be an important tool in enabling a vision for the sector, including the supply chain in it entirety, whilst also addressing key issues such as incentives, training, public awareness and education. The presentations from the event can be found by clikcing the links below.

UK PV Roadmap Presentations 2nd/3rd May 2013

Ray Noble, Solar Trade Association

Keynote Presentation: UK Solar PV Strategy & DECC Roadmap

Stuart Irvine, CSER

Setting the scene: ESP KTN PV Roadmap

Nicola Pearsall, Northumbria University

European PV Roadmaps: Lessons from the European Photovoltaic Technology Platform and the Solar Europe Industry Initiative

Nigel Mason, PV Consulting Ltd.

Setting the scene for PV – Supply Trends and Outlook

Spencer JansenThe Solar Building Company

Deployment and Capacity for Large PV Installations

Andy JohnsonIQE

Multi-junction III-V solar cells by MOCVD for space and terrestrial applications

Richard Molloy, Eaton Electrical Ltd.

Electrical BOS solutions for large-scale UK grid-connected PV systems

Iain WeirOptimat Ltd.

Supporting the Development of Photovoltaics in Europe

Rachael Rowlands-Jones, CSER

Skills and Training Needs in PV

UK PV Roadmap Survey

If anyone has an interest in completing the survey or has any business contacts that they feel would be able to participate in the survey to help CSER create the roadmap please follow the link below.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YQD9J5L