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Project overview
  • Lead Organisation

    University of NSW

    Location

    Sydney, New South Wales

    ARENA Program

    Research and Development

  • Start Date

    July 2014

    Status

    Past

  • Project Partners
    The Australian National University, Sinton Instruments, BT Imaging
    This solar project was completed on 29 May 2018.

Summary

The Improving Solar Cell Performance Testing project investigated factors that can deteriorate solar cell performance, using an innovative measurement system in combination with advanced simulation tools.

Need

Increasing the amount of energy that a photovoltaic (PV) solar cell can transform from sunlight to energy(known as its efficiency) can reduce the cost of solar power. Improved efficiency requires the identification and quantification of the ways solar cells lose energy. The development of innovative analysis methods would improve understanding and identification of these loss mechanisms.

Project innovation

The Improving Solar Cell Performance Testing project investigated factors that can deteriorate solar cell performance, using an innovative measurement system in combination with advanced simulation tools.

It aimed to overcome the present limitations of measurement systems, especially those related to measurements under low illumination, at elevated temperatures and of metallised samples.

The project was based on a new approach that combines a set of measurements at various conditions (mainly temperature and illumination) with powerful algorithms and simulation tools.

Last updated
29 January 2021

Benefit

The developed system is considered one of the best systems in the world and it has been heavily used by Australian researchers, but also by international visitors (from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Arizona State University and the University of Agder), to investigate defects in silicon. The knowledge gained during the project led to development of other novel characterisation methods for photovoltaic modules and for a new type of solar cells (perovskite-based).

Last updated 29 January 2021
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