Projects / Programmes source: ARIS

Photovoltaics and Electronics

January 1, 2022 - December 31, 2027
Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
2.03.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Energy engineering   
2.09.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Electronic components and technologies   

Code Science Field
2.02  Engineering and Technology  Electrical engineering, Electronic engineering, Information engineering 
photovoltaics, electronics, high conversion efficiency, performance, life-cycle, modelling, simulation, characterization, PV, technology, optimization, sensor system, magnetic micro and nano systems on chip (SoC), artificial nose, sensors for e-health, solid state terahertz sensor systems
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on February 19, 2024; A3 for period 2018-2022
Data for ARIS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender, archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  464  10,180  9,303  20.05 
Scopus  593  11,835  10,736  18.1 
Researchers (37)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  55925  Žan Ajdič  Energy engineering  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024 
2.  38444  Daniele Bertocchi  Engineering sciences and technologies  Researcher  2022 
3.  30685  PhD Matevž Bokalič  Energy engineering  Researcher  2022 - 2024  91 
4.  18180  PhD Kristijan Brecl  Energy engineering  Researcher  2022 - 2024  151 
5.  51518  Miha Cacovich  Engineering sciences and technologies  Technical associate  2022 - 2024 
6.  50654  PhD Andraž Debevc  Energy engineering  Researcher  2023 - 2024  35 
7.  57448  Merisha Fernando  Electronic components and technologies  Junior researcher  2023 - 2024 
8.  18020  Boštjan Fink    Technical associate  2022 - 2024 
9.  23406  PhD Boštjan Glažar  Energy engineering  Researcher  2022 - 2024  40 
10.  39222  PhD Miha Gradišek  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2022 - 2024  28 
11.  20184  PhD Marko Jankovec  Energy engineering  Researcher  2022 - 2024  391 
12.  36460  PhD Marko Jošt  Energy engineering  Researcher  2022 - 2024  98 
13.  54196  Jan Kavčič    Technical associate  2022 - 2024 
14.  51905  Miha Kikelj  Energy engineering  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024  17 
15.  36459  PhD Milan Kovačič  Energy engineering  Researcher  2022 - 2024  44 
16.  19221  PhD Janez Krč  Energy engineering  Researcher  2022 - 2024  410 
17.  51909  PhD Tadej Krmac  Systems and cybernetics  Junior researcher  2022 
18.  29549  PhD Benjamin Lipovšek  Energy engineering  Researcher  2022 - 2024  185 
19.  54818  Miloš Ljubotina  Electronic components and technologies  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024  18 
20.  34532  PhD Gašper Matič  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2022 - 2024  16 
21.  56858  Žiga Miklič  Energy engineering  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024 
22.  33111  PhD Matija Pirc  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2022 - 2024  74 
23.  54817  Jure Pušnjak  Energy engineering  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024 
24.  24326  PhD Aleksander Sešek  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2022  139 
25.  50658  PhD Tadej Skuber  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2022  11 
26.  03334  PhD Franc Smole  Energy engineering  Retired researcher  2022 - 2024  372 
27.  00166  PhD Drago Strle  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2022 - 2024  244 
28.  55923  Žiga Šmelcer  Electronic components and technologies  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024 
29.  34652  PhD Andrej Švigelj  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2022 - 2024  45 
30.  53521  Špela Tomšič  Energy engineering  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024  14 
31.  12609  PhD Marko Topič  Energy engineering  Head  2022 - 2024  1,081 
32.  01927  PhD Janez Trontelj  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2022 - 2024  581 
33.  10476  PhD Janez Trontelj ml.  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2022 - 2024  59 
34.  18185  PhD Andrej Trost  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2022 - 2024  325 
35.  53517  Ajda Tuševski  Electronic components and technologies  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024 
36.  55919  Darjo Uršič  Energy engineering  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024 
37.  13143  PhD Andrej Žemva  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2022 - 2024  647 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  1538  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering  Ljubljana  1626965  27,576 
R&D in the field of photovoltaics (PV) as one of the most promising long-term renewable energy source solutions has immense importance for sustainable evolution in energy sector in Europe and Slovenia. The proposal ""Photovoltaics and Electronics"" represent continuation and evolution of the previous research programme (2015-2021) in the fields of sustainable energy / photovoltaics (PV) and electronics, covering scientific and engineering aspects across the value-added chain from materials to energy or sensor systems. Emphasis of the program will remain on PV conversion of solar into electrical energy and its successful exploitation and efficient use. The main topic will be the research of high-efficiency low-cost solar cells, PV modules, and PV systems, with a focus on improvements of PV conversion efficiency, energy yield and life-time. We will include the studies of semiconductor materials, models implemented in computer tools for numerical simulations of devices under various operating conditions and optimization of optoelectronics devices and sensors. Theoretical work including design and modelling, characterization activities on material, device and system level, and experimental work based on available technologies will be applied to 4 research clusters: I) High efficiency PV cells II) PV modules and systems III) Optoelectronic devices IV) Sensor systems Besides PV (I+II) predominantly based on perovskite and silicon technology, the program will include selected activities devoted to other optoelectronic devices (III) and sensor systems (IV). Within optoelectronic devices (III) we will extend the perovskite technology to perovskite LEDs, design new models and improved solutions for light out-coupling applied to perovskite as well as organic LEDs. We will develop new solutions of THz detectors and enter the field and carry out research in integrated photonics. Within sensor systems (IV) we will carry out research in three hot topics. The first one is addressing a wide range of novel THz sensors systems including the technology development for improved antenna coupled micro- or nano-bolometer for extended THz range, aiming at continuous time THz detector in the range above 100 um wavelength, operating at room temperature. The second topic is devoted to ''artificial nose'' to be used for environmental or personal health monitoring. In the third topic advanced micro-sensor systems are proposed, among them: novel e-sensors for personal vital parameters monitoring, integrated magnetic sensor arrays for advanced position and direction of movements based on novel Hall elements, AMR and TMR sensors to go beyond the state-of-the-art accuracy. Next to theoretical and basic research goals, concrete prototyping of solar cells and PV mini-modules as well as optoelectronic devices and sensor systems are planned. Excellence in theoretical achievements is aimed at, as well as solutions for increased competitiveness of innovative prototypes on the market.
Significance for science
The research programme group with more than 30 members exhibits adequate scientific potential and relevant technological equipment and infrastructure to be self-sufficient as well as on the radar for collaboration (or competition) by other established European research groups and industry. This has been reflecting in the international collaboration of the group in numerous European and bilateral projects in the field of photovoltaics and increasing number or joint papers with the leading research groups in Europe (HZBerlin - Prof. S. Albrecht, FTMC - Prof. G. Valušis, EPFL-PVlab - Prof. C. Ballif, Frauenhofer ISE - Prof. A. Bett, etc.). The group will continue its collaboration in European projects, predominantly but not limited to the Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe. The group will strengthen direct formal and informal contacts with other research groups in academia and industry. The proposed research programme will focus on scientific, technological and engineering aspects in three key research fields - photovoltaics, optoelectronics and sensor systems. In photovoltaics three global scientific challenges will be addressed: conversion efficiency, cost and lifetime. Although Slovenia is a small country and despite rather modest research programme funding in the previous years we are further committed to continue contributing to the world-class state-of-the-art knowledge and to strengthen the competitiveness of Slovenian science and engineering including the transfer of know-how and innovations to industry. In our programme this will be supported with already established close cooperation with the leading institutes across Europe (HZB, FZJ and FhISE in Germany, EPFL and EMPA in Switzerland, CEA and CNRS in France, CENER and CIEMAT in Spain, ENEA in Italy, IMEC in Belgium, FTMC in Lithuania etc.). The emphasis in photovoltaic R&D&I will be toward ultra-high conversion efficiency, low-cost high-throughput technological solutions and structure optimization of PV devices. We will use our expertise in photovoltaics also in R&D&I aspects of other optoelectronic devices, in particularly advanced opto-electical modelling and light management aspect in light sources, such as organic and perovskite light emitting diodes, and improved solutions in photonic integrated circuits. The emphasis in sensor systems will be on THz science and technologies and sensors system on chip development to be applied in medicine, industry, environmental monitoring, food inspection etc. The second sensor system topic will focus on detection of molecules in air, where we target the new concepts in compressed sensing, impulse detection, neural networks and spectral analysis of noise. The proposed directions will open routes for novel methods and technologies in (but not limited to) detection of low-concentration molecules in air. Members of the research programme will continue to present their latest achievements at specialized international conferences (EU-PVSEC, IEEE PVSC, WCPEC, MRS, EMRS, OSA, SPIE, ESDIRCC etc.). The dissemination activities that will contribute to the development of science and the mentioned scientific fields of expertise can be grouped as: o publication of original scientific articles in renowned international journals o publication of chapters in international scientific monographs o invited talks and lectures o contribution to and organization of international and national workshops and conferences.
Significance for the country
Besides fundamental research, the proposed research program is linked to development of innovative solutions and products in the field of photovoltaics and electronics and to strengthen cooperation with companies in Slovenia and across Europe. Our activities will path progress in indispensable segment of technological development in Slovenia toward sustainable energy supply, development of photovoltaic and electronic systems and implementation of advanced technologies. We will contribute to the Climatic Action 2030 targets along with national and European clean energy transition strategies to (i) accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy and reduced energy use, (ii) abatement of CO2 emissions, (iii) security of energy supply (iv) reduction of imported fuels in the energy-mix that mitigates potentially vulnerability to any energy price and/or supply shocks. Our research program will contribute to sustainable evolution of energy sector and digitalization in Slovenia and Europe. The Slovenian photovoltaic and electronic industry has been supported by the group as the largest and internationally recognized R&D group and Center of Excellence in Slovenia. We will continue to help and support both industry as well as PhD students to gain technological skills and understand innovation process that aims at technology and know-how transfer to industrial partners or into spin-out/spin-off companies. In view of educational goals, we will continue with successful education of PhD students, Master and Bachelor students in electrical engineering. In parallel, we will train experts from Slovenian industry with the the-state-of-the-art knowledge and trends. We strive to continuously transfer top research and development results and experiences into our educational process overall.
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