Solar array

Solar array

Research Group

Dr Nazmi Sellami

SUNTRAP SUPERGEN Solar Challenge

This four-year project aims to reduce the cost of electrical and thermal solar energy generation, in order to make it more widely and abundantly available.

The technical processes which the team hopes will make this possible include developing enhanced optical concentrator systems (which exhibit improved luminance uniformity over the photovoltaic (PV) cell), using active thermoelectric cooling to extend the lifetime of the PV cells to beyond 50 years, and integrating a thermal storage system with the PV or thermal energy receiver.

In addition, the team will use various techniques to increase energy conversion efficiency. Thermal energy created by solar-to-electrical conversion can also be used to enhance the efficiency of co-generation plant or displace fossil fuel combustion.

New technology arising from this project will be commercialised by various industrial partners and be suited equally to domestic use or utility-scale power plants.

Principal researchers

SUNTRAP's overall lead institution is the University of Glasgow (Principal Investigator, Professor AR Knox), in collaboration with Heriot-Watt and the Universities of Manchester, Cardiff and Exeter.

Grants and funding

SUNTRAP is receiving funding of £2.5m through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) SUPERGEN Solar Challenge.

Project website

This project runs until 31 October 2017; its own website with full updates will go live soon, please check back here for details.