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Photovoltaics and Electronics

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
T140  Technological sciences  Energy research 

Code Science Field
2.02  Engineering and Technology  Electrical engineering, Electronic engineering, Information engineering 
photovoltaics, electronics, high conversion efficiency, performance, life-time, modelling, simulation, characterization, PV, technology, optimization
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (29)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  55925  Žan Ajdič  Energy engineering  Junior researcher  2021 
2.  39225  PhD Jošt Balent  Energy engineering  Junior researcher  2016 - 2021  12 
3.  25420  PhD Marko Berginc  Metrology  Researcher  2015  83 
4.  30685  PhD Matevž Bokalič  Energy engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2021  91 
5.  18180  PhD Kristijan Brecl  Energy engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2021  151 
6.  25413  PhD Andrej Čampa  Energy engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2019  99 
7.  50654  PhD Andraž Debevc  Energy engineering  Junior researcher  2017 - 2021  35 
8.  31979  PhD Miha Filipič  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2015  34 
9.  23406  PhD Boštjan Glažar  Energy engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2021  40 
10.  20184  PhD Marko Jankovec  Energy engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2021  391 
11.  36460  PhD Marko Jošt  Energy engineering  Researcher  2020 - 2021  98 
12.  51905  Miha Kikelj  Energy engineering  Junior researcher  2018 - 2021  17 
13.  37505  PhD Rok Kimovec  Electronic components and technologies  Junior researcher  2015 - 2018  28 
14.  35416  PhD Blaž Kirn  Energy engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2017  16 
15.  36459  PhD Milan Kovačič  Energy engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2021  44 
16.  19221  PhD Janez Krč  Energy engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2021  410 
17.  29549  PhD Benjamin Lipovšek  Energy engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2021  185 
18.  54818  Miloš Ljubotina  Electronic components and technologies  Junior researcher  2020 - 2021  18 
19.  37513  PhD Žiga Lokar  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Junior researcher  2015 - 2018  37 
20.  34532  PhD Gašper Matič  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2015 - 2021  16 
21.  33111  PhD Matija Pirc  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2015 - 2021  74 
22.  54817  Jure Pušnjak  Energy engineering  Junior researcher  2020 - 2021 
23.  34533  PhD Martin Sever  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2015 - 2017  34 
24.  03334  PhD Franc Smole  Energy engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2021  372 
25.  38112  Jernej Sorta  Electric devices  Junior researcher  2015 - 2016 
26.  26221  Jože Stepan    Technical associate  2015 - 2016 
27.  53521  Špela Tomšič  Energy engineering  Junior researcher  2019 - 2021  14 
28.  12609  PhD Marko Topič  Energy engineering  Head  2015 - 2021  1,081 
29.  55919  Darjo Uršič  Energy engineering  Junior researcher  2021 
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  27,588 
Research and development in the field of photovoltaics as one of the most promising long-term renewable energy source solutions for electricity supply has immense importance for sustainable evolution in energy sector in Europe and Slovenia. Research program proposal “Photovoltaics and Electronics” represent continuation and evolution of the 6-year program (2009-2014) in the fields of sustainable energy / photovoltaics (PV) and electronics, covering scientific and engineering aspects across the value added chain from materials to energy systems. Emphasis of the program will remain on photovoltaic conversion of solar energy into electrical energy and its successful exploitation and efficient use. The main topic will be the study of solar cells, photovoltaic (PV) modules, and PV systems, with focus on improvements of photovoltaics conversion efficiency, energy yield and life-time. We will include the studies of semiconductor materials, characterization and investigations of multilayer semiconductor structures, development of physical models, computer tools, and numerical models for simulations of operating conditions and optimization of optoelectronics converters. Theoretical work is going to be corroborated with experimental work, design, and measurements under two+two pillars: I) High efficiency II) Performance through life-time Besides photovoltaics, the program will include selected activities devoted to other optoelectronic devces, in particular light management structures for out-coupling of light in light sources, such as organic light emitting diodes. In case of increased number of annual research hours we will extend our work plan with up to two additional pillars: III) Low-cost solar cell technology IV) Nano-imprint litography texturing technology In addition to research and theoretical goals, concrete prototyping of solar cells and PV mini-modules are planned. Excellence in theoretical achievements is aimed at, as well as innovative solutions for increased competitiveness on the market.
Significance for science
The research group with 20 members exhibits scientific potential adequate and comparable to other established European (photovoltaic) research groups. This has been reflecting in the international collaboration of the group in European and bilateral projects and increasing number or joint papers with the leading research groups in Europe (EPFL-PVlab - Prof. C. Ballif, TU Delft-PVMD - Prof. M. Zeman, HZBerlin - Prof. M. Lux-Steiner). The group will continue its collaboration in European projects, predominantly but not limited to the Horizon 2020, and in direct formal and informal contacts with other research groups in academia and industry. The proposed research program will cover three crucial research aspects of photovoltaics (conversion efficiency, cost and lifetime), which are global scientific challenges. Despite our modest research program funding (2,3 FTE=3910 h in 2014) we are committed to continue contributing to the world-class state-of-the-art knowledge and to strengthen the competitiveness of Slovenian science and engineering. This will be supported with already established close cooperations with the leading institutes across Europe (EPFL and EMPA in Switzerland, CEA and CNRS in France, HZB, FZJ and FhISE in Germany, CENER and CIEMAT in Spain, ENEA in Italy, IMEC in Belgium 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 the light management aspect in light sources, such as organic light emitting diodes. Members of the research program will continue to present their latest achievements at specialized international conferences (EU-PVSEC, IEEE PVSC, WCPEC, MRS, EMRS, OSA etc.). With peer-reviewed scientific papers in renowned international journals and books published by renowned international publishers the members will continue to contribute to the global knowledge and progress in the mentioned fields of expertise. The dissemination activities that will contribute to the development of science and scientific fields can be grouped as: - publication of chapters in international scientific monographs - publication of original scientific articles in renowned international journals - invited talks and lectures - contribution to and organization of international and national workshops and conferences
Significance for the country
Besides fundamental research, the proposed 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 Europe. Our active role in the Slovenian Photovoltaic Technology Platform and Slovenian Photovoltaic Industry Association 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. With these we will contribute to the national and European renewable energy supply strategies to (i) foster 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 in energy sector in Slovenia and Europe. In the last years photovoltaics rapidly evolved into an economy sector that grew on average between 30 – 40 % per year. Among distributed energy sources it offers quality and predictable reliability of electricity supply with option of smart peak power shaping. The very beginning of Slovenian photovoltaic industry has been initiated and supported by our research group as the largest and internationally recognized PV R&D group in Slovenia. We are proud of our former student and young researcher Dr. Uroš Merc, who established the company BISOL GROUP d.o.o. for production of wafer-based crystalline silicon PV modules that within a decade grew to 100 MW annual production capacity, with up to 60 MEUR annual turn-over and employed already over 350 people in production, sales&marketing, engineering of turn-key solutions etc. We will continue to help and support such spin-off/spin-out companies. In view of educational goals, we will continue with successful education of PhD students and post-docs. In parallel, we will train experts from Slovenian industry with the the-state-of-the-art knowledge and trends. We strive to continuously transfer research and development results and experiences into the educational process overall.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2015, interim report
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2015, interim report
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