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New Canadian solar photovoltaic research network established; based at McMaster University
Date:2/3/2010

airs, said the establishment of the NSERC Photovoltaic Innovation Network at McMaster speaks volumes about the University's reputation and leadership in green, sustainable and renewable energy. "This new network epitomizes what we're about," he said. "We're building on our strengths to create a critical mass of expertise in energy research and, in turn, helping Canadian companies remain competitive."

PV cells convert light from the broad solar spectrum directly to electricity, with the energy conversion efficiency and cost (in $/W) being the most important device metrics.

The proposed collaborative and multi-disciplinary research program has the specific objectives of increasing the device conversion efficiency and/or reducing the device cost to make large scale PV deployment more competitive against electricity generation from fossil fuels.

Four central research themes have been identified with promising new approaches:

  • organic devices with inherently low costs of materials and manufacturing;
  • inorganic devices which to date are the mostly widely deployed (the most common of which are silicon-based);
  • hybrid organic/inorganic devices that have the potential to combine the lower costs of organic devices with the higher efficiencies of inorganic devices; and
  • new PV devices and architectures which take advantage of the unique properties of nano-structured materials.

Transparent solar cells optimized for integration into house or building windows and socioeconomic factors related to adoption of PV technology will also be considered.


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Contact: Gene Nakonechny
genen@mcmaster.ca
905-525-9140 x26781
McMaster University
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