Photovoltaics & Photocatalysis
Developing clean energy to meet increasing global demands for energy
Development of novel materials for photovoltaics & photocatalysis is being conducted in the Semiconductor Physics and Nanostructures Group based in the Department of Physics.
Developing clean energy techniques for the energy industry
Photoelectrolysis to generate natural gasses for fuel
The direct production of electricity from sunlight using photovoltaics is a very appealing form of clean energy. However, a major problem is that electrical energy cannot easily be stored, requiring the expensive balancing of production with consumption. An alternative approach is the production of hydrogen from sunlight using photoelectrolysis (water splitting). Hydrogen is easily stored, can be burnt in the same way as natural gas and used to generate electricity on demand, either thermally or in a fuel cell.
Quantum dot solar cells
The development of efficient and affordable solar cells for clean energy production is a major global challenge and in this project we are seeking to achieve a breakthrough in the fabrication of novel quantum dot materials capable of substantially improving the performance of III-V concentrator solar cells.
Low bandgap thermo-photovoltaic cells
We are developing thermo-photovoltaic (TPV) cells for electricity generation from radiant waste heat to provide energy savings and reduction in CO2 emissions.