ANU to get $4.5 million to develop »next generation solar cell technology«
Post date: 14/01/2021 - 12:49
The Australian National University (ANU) got an AUD 4.5 million (USD 3.5 million) funding to help researchers developing a »next-generation solar cell technology.« The funding is partly from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency's (ARENA) Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics Infrastructure project (AUD 3.6 million) and is supported with co-funding from ANU (AUD 0.9 million).
Kean Chern Fong and his team will receive AUD 3.1 million for a new nano-engineering laboratory. The lab will help create new materials to enhance the conversion of solar energy to electricity in photovoltaic devices, according to an announcement. Fong says this lab will help Australian researchers set the pace when it comes to simultaneously reducing cost and improving efficiency in solar cells, as well as the development of novel photovoltaic concepts.
Hieu Nguyen and his team have received AUD 1 million for equipment which will allow researchers to more precisely measure light absorbed and emitted from solar materials. »This technology will mean we can move a step closer to unlock the full potential of photovoltaics as a clean, affordable, and sustainable energy source,« said Nguyen.
Associate Professor Tom White's team has been awarded AUD 0.4 million for an advanced perovskite processing capability tool. It will be used to develop high-efficiency tandem solar cells that combine silicon solar cells with perovskites.