PP1 will focus on three main areas: cells made from solar grade silicon, rear contact cells and silicon-based tandem cells, both monolithic and mechanically stacked.
Keeping Australia at the forefront of
Solar Energy Research and Development
The Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP), comprising the Australian partners of the Australia-US Institute for Advanced Photovoltaics (AUSIAPV), is developing the next generations of photovoltaic technology, providing a pipeline of opportunities for performance increase and cost reduction. Headquartered at UNSW’s School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, the Centre includes research groups at CSIRO, Australian National University, University of Melbourne, University of Queensland and Monash University. AUSIAPV links ACAP with 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, The Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories, Stanford University, Georgia Institute of Technology and University of California – Santa Barbara.
These national and international research collaborations provide a pathway for highly visible, structured photovoltaic research collaboration between Australian and American researchers, research institutes and agencies, with significant joint programs based on the clear synergies between participating bodies.
The Centre is significantly accelerating photovoltaic development beyond that achievable by the institutions acting individually, leveraging past and current funding.
This Program is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). The Australian Government, through ARENA, is supporting Australian research and development in solar photovoltaic and solar thermal technologies to help solar power become cost competitive with other energy sources. The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Australian Government, and the Australian Government does not accept responsibility for any information or advice contained herein.
ACAP encourages collaboration with new and existing partners. If interested, please contact one of the node directors in your technical area.
ACAP is a member of the Australian Photovoltaics Institute (APVI).