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Project overview
  • Lead Organisation

    University of NSW

    Location

    Sydney, New South Wales

    ARENA Program

    Australian Solar Institute

  • Start Date

    December 2012

    Status

    Current

  • Project Partners
    None

Summary

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 US.

Need

The ACAP project acknowledges that international research collaboration between Australian and American 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 and the US individually.

Last updated
09 August 2021

Project innovation

The Australia-US Institute for Advanced Photovoltaics (AUSIAPV) is developing the next generations of photovoltaic technology, providing a pipeline of opportunities for performance improvement and cost reduction.

AUSIAPV 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, which comprises the Australian partners of AUSIAPV, is linked through AUSIAPV with the NSF/DOE Energy Research Center for Quantum Energy and Sustainable Technologies (QESST), based at Arizona State University, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories, Stanford University, Georgia Institute of Technology and University of California Santa Barbara. Other participants include Australian and US-based companies, from large manufacturers to small start-ups.

Benefit

AUSIAPV’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 US, establishing Australia as the photovoltaic research and educational hub of the Asia-Pacific region.

Last updated 09 August 2021
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