Nottingham University joins European PV research project
Pan-European initiative seeks to improve thin film solar cells
The University of Nottingham has joined a €10 million project to develop cost effective photovoltaics (PV) based on thin film technologies. The purpose of the research is to come up with a cost-effective, highly efficient alternative to current production methods, which rely on vacuum processes, high temperatures and clean rooms.
Partners from 13 research institutes, universities and companies are working on the European PV research project, which is called SCALENANO. They include the Novel Nanostructured Thin/Thick Film Processing Group, which is based at the university, Merck KGaA, and Semilab.
Currently commercialised thin film solar cells have difficulties due to the challenges both of depositing the materials on the cells over a large area, and of the limited supply of Indium, which is used in the production process. The University of Nottingham research team will focus on solving the problem of uniformity and the application of alternatives to Indium.