Solar PV R&DProject Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP)
This report covers the period from 1 January to 31 December 2014. As well as setting up the broad framework for collaboration on an international scale, both AUSIAPV and ACAP have moved very quickly to establish a high profile within the international research community.
Photovoltaics involves the direct production of electricity from light, especially sunlight, when it falls upon devices known as solar cells. Silicon is the most common material used to make these photovoltaic cells, similar to its key role in microelectronics, although a range of other photovoltaic materials is being actively investigated.
This is the second annual report of the Australia-US Institute for Advanced Photovoltaics(AUSIAPV), supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) for an initial eight-year period. The Institute encompasses the activities of the locally based Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP) as well as synergistic international activities with US-based partner organisations.