These properties make them appropriate for brand spanking new functions that will probably be important to advances corresponding to:
- 5G, which requires ultra-lightweight sources of energy for pseudo-satellites and high-altitude unmanned aerial automobiles (UAVs)
- The Internet of Things, for which sensors and computing gadgets are more and more embedded into on a regular basis objects;
- Zero-carbon buildings and automobiles, which might use their roofs, partitions and home windows to generate energy.
- Deliver the elemental science and engineering to underpin the event of those promising photo voltaic applied sciences;
- Develop low-carbon, low-cost manufacturing strategies that may allow them to be produced at scale;
- Develop prototypes to point out how they’ll present solar energy in new functions.
The analysis programme is known as Application Targeted and Integrated Photovoltaics (ATIP).
It will probably be led by SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre at Swansea University in partnership with Swansea’s new Centre for Integrative Semiconductor Materials (CISM), the Centre for Processable Electronics (CPE) at Imperial College London, and Oxford University’s Department of Physics.
It additionally includes twelve key trade companions from completely different elements of the provision chain, who perceive the technical and price necessities to ship new merchandise to market. The programme will probably be led by Professor James Durrant FRS from SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre.
The undertaking has additionally been backed by the UK’s photo voltaic analysis group.
EPSRC Executive Chair, Professor Dame Lynn Gladden, stated: “This exciting, multi-disciplinary project represents a step-change in the application of solar power and will help the UK to cut emissions and develop a climate-resilient, zero-carbon economy. The versatility and low cost of this emerging technology also demonstrates how innovative sustainable technologies will help us to improve the way we communicate through 5G and the Internet of Things.”
UK Government Science Minister, Amanda Solloway, stated: “This funding will allow our brilliant researchers from some of our leading universities to make the next generation of solar technologies a reality. These ground-breaking technologies have the potential to power up zero emissions vehicles, bolster our telecommunications network and provide clean energy for many of the devices we rely on every day. All of this will be essential to building a greener future and achieving net zero by 2050.”
Secretary of State for Wales Simon Hart stated: “With this £6 million investment, the UK Government is backing some of south Wales’ very best scientists and researchers, as they work to advance the next generation of solar technologies. The UK Government funding will accelerate the development of this new, lightweight solar technology, generating benefits for consumers across the world and helping us to reach our target of net-zero emissions by 2050.”
Source and prime picture: Swansea University