Project: Research council

Project Details


The market for photovoltaic (PV) solar modules is experiencing astonishing growth due to increasing energy demand, security of supply issues, increasing cost of fossil fuels and concerns over global warming. The world market for photovoltaics grew by 139% to 21GW in 2010. Although this extraordinary pace of growth is unlikely to be maintained in the short term it will advance rapidly again at the point where grid parity is achieved. It is important that the UK retains a strong research presence in this important technology. It is proposed that the SUPERSOLAR Hub of Universities be set up to co-ordinate research activities, establish a network of academic and industrial researchers, conduct cross-technology research and provide a focus for international co-operation. SUPERSOLAR is led by CREST at Loughborough University and supported by the Universities of Bath, Liverpool, Oxford, Sheffield and Southampton. This group is active in all of the PV technologies including new materials, thin film chalcopyrite, c-Si, thin film a-Si, dye sensitised solar cells, organic PV, concentrator PV, PV systems performance and testing. SUPERSOLAR will set up a solar cell efficiency measurement facility for the benefit of the PV community in the UK. The consortium contains a deliberate balance of expertise, with no bias towards any one technology.
Effective start/end date1/05/1230/04/17


  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

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  • Research Output

    Atomistic origins of high-performance in hybrid halide perovskite solar cells

    Frost, J. M., Butler, K. T., Brivio, F., Hendon, C. H., Van Schilfgaarde, M. & Walsh, A., 14 May 2014, In : Nano Letters. 14, 5, p. 2584-2590 7 p.

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    Open Access
  • 1246 Citations (Scopus)
    162 Downloads (Pure)

    Crystal electron binding energy and surface work function control of tin dioxide

    Butler, K. T., Buckeridge, J., Catlow, C. R. A. & Walsh, A., 28 Mar 2014, In : Physical Review B : Condensed Matter and Materials Physics. 89, 11, 115320.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 32 Citations (Scopus)
    118 Downloads (Pure)

    Electronic chemical potentials of porous metal–organic frameworks

    Butler, K. T., Hendon, C. H. & Walsh, A., 19 Feb 2014, In : Journal of the American Chemical Society. 136, 7, p. 2703-2706

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    131 Citations (Scopus)
    107 Downloads (Pure)