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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

Find out about some of the previous events held by Durham Energy Institute:

Seminar: Low Cost Solar Cells - Technical Challenges and Feasibility

20th September 2013, 12:00 to 13:00, Room CG60, Chemistry Dept, Speaker: Dr Peter Holliman, Bangor University

Large scale energy production is one of the key challenges facing humankind. Increasing population and energy demand are taking place against a backdrop of climate change driven by significant increases in atmospheric gases (particularly CO2) from the combustion of fossil fuels.

Renewable energy offers a potential solution for long-term sustainable energy generation. Of the different types of renewable energy (wind, tidal, biomass etc), a huge surplus of sunlight falls on the surface of the Earth every day which could meet this energy need. The issue is can this solar energy be harvested at sufficient scale and at a low enough cost to meet current and future energy demands.

This seminar will consider these issues and present recent findings in this area particulalry focussing on some of the technological challenges facing 3rd Generation solar cell technologies.

About the speaker:

Peter Holliman is a Reader in the School of Chemistry at Bangor University and has been working on low cost solar cells for 8 years. During this time he has worked with a number of companies in this area including Tata Steel, G24i and Dyesol and has developed ultra-fast and low temperature device manufacturing, which at first appears impossible given that most chemical reactions slow down at lower temperatures. Other highlights include new light harvesters and invisible catalysts. This work has resulted in 9 patents to date. The technology offers the potential for a range of end uses given that the devices can be produced in any shape and any colour.

Contact chris.greenwell@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.