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Prof. Stuart Irvine

SPARC II Directorcropped stuart new2

Professor of Solar Energy Materials in the College of Engineering at Swansea University. Current research interests include thin film photovoltaic (PV), transparent conducting oxides (TCOs), MOCVD of oxide and chalcogenide semiconductors, in-line deposition of thin film coatings for thin film PV, 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 cell and module efficiency such as light management and extending the spectral range of PV devices. Fundamental aspects of materials properties that influence efficient carrier collection and differences in performance of polycrystalline materials compared with their single crystal counterparts are at the core of this research. Other important aspects of his research into PV performance include long term degradation mechanisms and carbon footprint of PV module manufacture. Professor Irvine is interested in PV applications such as Building Integrated PV (BIPV) systems, stand alone PV devices for harsh environments such as marine, high altitude and space applications.

Dr. Dan Lamb, CChem, MRSC.

dan_lambSPARC II Project Manager

Dan is the SPARC II project manager. In this role, Dan coordinates project management across the whole SPARC II consortium and provides technical leadership and engages in research activities on some aspects of the research programme. One of Dan’s current areas of research interest is high-power, low-weight, flexible thin film photovoltaics for space application.  He has conducted research in collaboration with the University of Surrey, Qioptiq Space Technology and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd leading to the first reported direct deposition of a thin film solar cell onto 100-micron thick space qualified cover glass. Most recently, Dan has collaborated with the Surrey Space Centre and the UK and Algerian Space Agencies to build a flight demonstrator of the CSER solar cell which is now orbiting the earth as part of the AlSat Nano mission. The solar cell on-board AlSat Nano feeds back live data on the cells performance and give this innovative technology all important space heritage.

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)


Abstracts must be 1 side of A4, submitted as a pdf file to Emma Dawson ( 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.


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

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

Contact Details


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


+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.