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Sêr Cymru Solar

Sêr Cymru Solar is a £7m initiative to establish a research cluster focused on the development of low cost, large area photovoltaic technologies. Based at SPECIFIC, with strong external collaborations including the solar research programme at Imperial College London, it is led by Professor James Durrant, and co-directed by Professor Dave Worsley and Professor Jenny Nelson.

The other senior members of the project are Senior Lecturers Dr Matthew Davies and Dr Trystan Watson (Swansea University), Sêr Solar Research Fellows Dr Matt Carnie, Dr Cecile Charbonneau (Swansea University) and Dr Wing-Chung Tsoi (Imperial College London) and PV Business Development Manager Dr Silvia Villarroya-Lidon (Swansea University).

The overall aim of the Sêr Cymru Solar team is to create a solar energy research centre to deliver world leading scientific research and to support the growth of a new printed solar manufacturing industry. The Sêr Solar team works closely with the SPECIFIC project. SPECIFIC will use the pilot line facility to scale up Sêr Solar research ideas to make scalable solar applications with a view to creating clean, green high value products of a global standard into a reality. This collaboration between academia and industry is intended to progress research from the laboratory bench to the factory floor and thus pave the way for to accelerate commercialisation and the creation of a major UK solar manufacturing industry centred in Wales.

(l-r): Professor Jenny Nelson; Professor Richard B. Davies; Professor Dave Worsley; Minister Edwina Hart; Professor James Durrant; Professor Julie Williams

Edwina Hart, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, said:

“I am very pleased to welcome Professor Durrant to Wales and Swansea University, where his experience and knowledge will help create a world class research team in the field of solar energy. “The Sêr Cymru programme is helping us deliver our commitment to developing science and innovation in Wales, which as an important driver in economic growth. This research in the field of Low carbon energy will also help us meet our commitments to reducing carbon emissions and tackling climate change.”

Sêr Solar Symposium – November 2016

This symposium will include talks from the Sêr Solar team and invited talks from some of our external partners on progress from new solar cell materials through to building integrated photovoltaic applications.

Registration (Free)

Sêr Solar Conference – April 2015

The Sêr Solar Conference, “From Materials to Manufacture” on the future of printed photovoltaics was held at the Marriott Hotel, Swansea on 20th – 21st April, 2015.

The conference focussed on issues such as scale-up manufacture, new device architectures and device stability.

Read all about the conference and the latest photovoltaic developments discussed in our Sêr Solar Conference blog.


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