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)


Band alignment optimisation for enhanced inorganic thin film photovoltaics

Matthew Smiles, University of Liverpool

Semiconductor thin films are the basis of the lowest cost per Watt solar cells. While these technologies are well established, ...... (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)


Combinatorial TCO physics and optimization for photovoltaics

Thomas Featherstone, University of Liverpool

Transparent Conducting Oxides (TCOs) are common to almost all current and emerging solar cell technologies and there is still a ...... (read more)


Transparent conducting oxide glass coatings for photovoltaics

Jack Swallow, University of Liverpool

Transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) are remarkable semiconductor materials that, as their name suggests, combine transparency with electrical conductivity, two normally ...... (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)


Computationally assisted discovery of new solar absorbers

Matthew Smith, University of Liverpool

This project aims to discover new solar absorber materials to overcome the stability, sustainability and toxicity issues surrounding current hybrid ...... (read more)


Microstructure and functionality in thin film solar cells from sustainable materials

Peter Yates, University of Liverpool

The project is to use state of the art electron microscopy alongside the synthesis effort in order to accelerate the ...... (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)


New heterostructures for perovskite solar cells and investigation of the stability of methylammonium lead iodide layers

Silvia Mariotti, University of Liverpool

The project is to establish the band line ups for perovskite materials in combination with II-VI semiconductors and transparent conducting ...... (read more)