Anti-soiling coatings for Solar modules
Soiling of the cover glass on solar modules is a serious problem. Global reports show that soiling can reduce power output by up to 20% per month. This has a direct impact on the financial viabiity of solar installations. A highly repellent super-hydrophobic coating has the potential to reduce soiling and make the modules easier to clean. We are working with manufacturers and other research organisations to develop a super-hydrophobic coating targeted at the special requirements of the solar cover glass application. The goal of the project is to assess the performance and durability of these coatings on photovoltaic panels. Key perfomance measures include optical transmission, water contact angle and water roll-off angle. Accelerated lifetime testing will be carried out to determine optical, chemical, temperature, humidity and erosion related degradation. This strategy will provide direct correlation between Lab-based accelerated testing in Loughborough and real outdoor monitoring in Colorado, USA. This project will lay the foundation for new International testing protocols and standards. This is a CDT-PV project (4 yrs including training) - project funding is pending an internal allocation process. Project availability will be confirmed when outcome is known To be eligible for this studentship, you will have or be predicted a First class or Upper second class honours (or predicted) degree in physics, electrical engineering, materials science or chemistry. This studentship is only available to UK/EU applicants. For more information on eligibility please refer to www.epsrc.ac .uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/. For further information on the project and how to apply, please email Prof Michael Walls firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on what to expect as a CDT-PV student then please see our CDT-PV Handbook.