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Nanostructures for high-efficiency solar cells and photovoltaic modules

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
2.03.03  Engineering sciences and technologies  Energy engineering  Renewable resources and technologies 

Code Science Field
T140  Technological sciences  Energy research 

Code Science Field
2.02  Engineering and Technology  Electrical engineering, Electronic engineering, Information engineering 
Keywords
photovoltaics, high-efficiency solar cell, nanostructure, transparent conductive oxide, modelling, characterization
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Researchers (10)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  19038  PhD Andreja Benčan Golob  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2013 - 2016  525 
2.  25420  PhD Marko Berginc  Metrology  Researcher  2014 - 2015  83 
3.  25413  PhD Andrej Čampa  Energy engineering  Researcher  2013 - 2016  99 
4.  36460  PhD Marko Jošt  Energy engineering  Junior researcher  2014 - 2016  98 
5.  19221  PhD Janez Krč  Energy engineering  Researcher  2013 - 2016  410 
6.  04587  PhD Barbara Malič  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2013 - 2016  1,475 
7.  15463  PhD Urša Opara Krašovec  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2013 - 2014  263 
8.  03334  PhD Franc Smole  Energy engineering  Researcher  2013 - 2016  372 
9.  12609  PhD Marko Topič  Energy engineering  Head  2013 - 2016  1,081 
10.  34261  PhD Katarina Vojisavljević  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2013 - 2016  86 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0106  Jožef Stefan Institute  Ljubljana  5051606000  89,976 
2.  1538  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering  Ljubljana  1626965  27,588 
Abstract
The basic research project »Nanostructures for high-efficiency solar cells and photovoltaic modules« is primarily focusing on investigation and development of nanostructures and novel oxide materials for advanced concepts of single and multi-junction solar cells and PV modules.   Project consortium consists of two complimentary Slovenian research groups Laboratory of Photovoltaics and Optoelectronics (UL FE, 1538-030) and Department of Electronic Ceramics (Institute Jožef Stefan, 0106-033). Both groups are internationally recognized at the key areas of the proposed project (see references) in the European R&D arena.   Advanced concepts will be applied (but not limited) to two thin-film PV technologies: thin-film silicon and dye-sensitized solar cell technology.   The main objectives of the project are: design of nanostructures and novel oxide materials for solar cells by means of modelling (including development of numerical models for novel structures); development of nanostructures for a high level of light trapping in solar cells; development of advanced mixed metal oxides exhibiting high transparency and high conductivity for contact layers; development of advanced oxides as index grading films in function of anti-reflecting or reflecting layers in solar cells.   The objectives will be pursued by means of R&D through a continuous loop of design, modeling, experimental validation of components and implementation in complete thin-film solar cell devices.   The proposed solutions will aim at higher conversion efficiencies of the solar cells and photovoltaic modules, lower consumption of the material, reducing energy and process time in the production.  As a consequence significant improvements in technological processes of solar cells and in PV module competitiveness are expected.
Significance for science
The proposed project has generated new scientific and technological knowledge in photovoltaics that hs been pathing the way for high-efficiency solar cells and PV modules. We expect that our results will continue to generate impact and a high added value in the fields of materials, nanosciences and photovoltaics. Within the specific field of thin-film solar cells and modules, the proposed project has contributed to the knowledge on light management aiming at high conversion efficiency. The knowledge gained enables a better yield of solar energy and paths future development trends of high-efficiency solar cells and modules at competitive cost. The realized dissemination activities that contributed to the development of science and scientific fields can be grouped as: - the international scientific monograph, - publication of original scientific papers in specialized international journals, - invited talks and lectures, - contribution to and organization of workshops and conferences.
Significance for the country
High-level research, development and implementation of cutting-edge solutions in products (solar cells, PV modules) is crucial aspect for success. In particular, research of nanostructures and new (oxide) materials for advanced concepts of solar cells belong to the area of novel (nano)technologies within photovoltaics. And photovoltaics appears as one of the most promising long-term RES solutions for electricity supply. We believe the projects made impact and being of importance for sustainable evolution in energy sector in Europe and Slovenia. Besides fundamental research, which has generated state-of-the-art knowledge, numerous scientific publications in the top PV specialized international journals have been realized, we aimed at development of new technologies and products in the field of photovoltaics, where we continue to target increased cooperation with companies in Slovenia and abroad. Last, but not least we strived to continuously transfer research and development results and experiences into the educational process, what strengthens our quality and temporariness in contents of our undergraduate and postgraduate subjects at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and in invited lectures at other universities and institutes around the globe.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2013, 2014, 2015, final report
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2013, 2014, 2015, final report
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