Australian PV Cell and Module Research Infrastructure Plan and Feasibility Study
An additional milestone, for a report on existing and future research infrastructure, was added to the ACAP program in 2014. A report, “Australian Solar PV Cell and Module Research Infrastructure Plan and Feasibility Study
1-SRI001”, and an associated online directory, “Australian PV Research Capability Directory”, were delivered to ARENA in September 2015. They capture and catalogue current solar PV cell and module research and support
capability across Australia, including all known sites willing to participate – university, industry and CSIRO research sites, plus several analytical and specialised fabrication groups.
The directory offers a publicly available, searchable registerof Australian-based research capability in the fields of photovoltaic materials, cells, modules and environmental stability within universities, government agencies, analytical centres, technology fabrication centres and industry. The drop-down menus present data from all participating locations, offering toolset filtering by process type and toolset names. It facilitates national and international collaboration through the easy access from the ACAP website to basic information on the tools available.
The report summarises Australian capabilities as of 2015, including a technology roadmap and gap analysis. A detailed review of the many institutions involved in this survey was conducted, canvassing the status of their current research activities, their projected technology development roadmap over the next few years, the capability gaps identified in delivering that roadmap, suggestions from respondents on how those gaps are best addressed by additional facilities or toolsets in terms of location and timing, and estimates for costs associated with addressing those gaps (both capital and, where possible, operational).
In order to promote additional collaborative activity, a generic Access Agreement has been developed to cover the many, often problematic, issues associated with third-party access to facilities and usage of equipment. This agreement is necessarily a template only, as each institution has sitespecific management guidelines and operating protocols. A comprehensive set of Access Guidelines has been drafted to address the many issues involved with access management.