Projects


New design features in lightweight and low-cost inverted CdTe solar cells

Tom Baines, University of Liverpool

Thin film cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cells have now achieved >20% efficiency and are the market leading thin film PV ...... (read more)


Inverted designs for CdTe solar cells

Luke Thomas, University of Liverpool

Polycrystalline thin-film CdTe solar cells are a mass-market product, have now achieved >22% solar conversion efficiency and are the lowest ...... (read more)


Improved efficiency of thin film Photovoltaic devices

Rachael Greenhalgh, University of Loughborough

Collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Colorado School of Mines (CSM) in the United States has shown ...... (read more)


Identifying key deep level defects in thin film solar cells

Jacob Leaver, University of Liverpool

Thin film solar cells are a 2nd generation photovoltaic technology capable of producing equivalent performance to standard silicon based solar ...... (read more)



Multi-Scale Simulations of Point and Extended Defects in Thin-Film Solar Cells

Lucy Whalley, University of Bath

A general problem with developing new materials for photovoltaics is that while a bulk material may appear to fulfil the ...... (read more)


The microstructure and electrical properties of grain boundaries in polycrystalline thin film photovoltaic devices

Vladislav Kornienko, University of Loughborough

Recombination of charge carriers occurring at defects and grain boundaries (GBs) are detrimental to the electrical performance of thin film ...... (read more)


Breaking the Voltage Barrier for CdTe Solar Cells

Thomas Shalvey, University of Liverpool

Polycrystalline CdTe solar cells are a mass market product and have now achieved >21% efficiency, having being limited to <16.7% ...... (read more)


Micro-structural defects in thin film photovoltaic devices

Thomas Fiducia, University of Loughborough

The efficiency of thin-film PV is limited by atomic-scale defects in the material (grain boundaries, planar defects, point defects etc). ...... (read more)


Doping strategies for next generation CdTe solar cells

Kerrie Morris, University of Loughborough

Over the last 6 years, CdTe photovoltaics (PV) have enjoyed a steady performance improvement after remaining relatively stagnant for the ...... (read more)