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Project overview
  • Lead Organisation

    University of NSW


    Sydney, New South Wales

    ARENA Program

    Australian Solar Institute

  • Start date

    3 December 2012

    End date

    31 January 2031

  • Project Partners


The Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP) project is providing a pipeline to ‘over the horizon’ photovoltaic technology, as well as training the next generation of research scientists and engineers through exposure to world-class facilities across Australia and the world.


The ACAP project acknowledges that international research collaboration between Australian and international researchers, research institutes and agencies, with significant joint programs based on the clear synergies between participating bodies, could significantly accelerate photovoltaic development beyond that achievable by Australia or any country individually.


ACAP is developing the next generations of photovoltaic technology, providing a pipeline of opportunities for performance improvement and cost reduction.

ACAP is modelled on the Australian Research Council’s Centres of Excellence and related schemes, in which the aim is to achieve more broadly-based objectives.

The Centre is linked with the NSF-DOE Engineering Research Center for Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (QESST), based at Arizona State University, and the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), as well as the Molecular Foundry, Berkeley, Stanford University, the Korean Green Energy Institute and the University of Sydney. Other participants include Australian and overseas-based companies and R&D institutes, from large manufacturers to small start-ups.


ACAP’s long-term research will provide a pipeline to ‘over the horizon’ photovoltaic technology, as well as the training of the next generation of photovoltaic research scientists and engineers by exposure to world-class facilities across Australia and the world, establishing Australia as the leading photovoltaic research and educational hub of the Asia-Pacific region.

Last updated 24 January 2023


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