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RESEARCH THEMES

The mission of CAP is to link researchers from the field of materials, architects, builders and other potential users of photovoltaics. Research at the centre is focused both on basic research in the field of new technologies of PV cells as well as on the utilization of photovoltaics, and is organised around the following themes:


logowp1 Computational simulations and the design of low-dimensional materials for solar cells
Leader: prof. T. Polcar

Team is focused on bottom-up approach in design of novel materials/interfaces using advanced atomistic simulations. Two lines of research are envisaged: study of low dimensional materials and perovskite/oxide interface and optimization of an interface between organic−inorganic hybrid perovskite materials with oxide scaffolds to improve efficiency of a perovskite. Read more...

logowp2 Implementation of novel materials
Leader: Mgr. J. Holovský

Team is focused on the development of a 50μm-thick crystalline silicon solar cell optimized for High Efficiency at Low Light Operation conditions (HELLO cell). The aim is to shape the energy production profile to better match the consumption profile. Read more...

logowp3 Study of transient phenomena with view to PV performance and degradation
Leader: doc. B. Rezek

The work is focused on microscopic studies of short-term and long-term transient phenomena in PV materials (WP1, WP2), structures, and devices (WP4). The research is also tightly linked to practical PV integration in buildings (WP5). Read more...

logowp4 Photonic light capture for high-efficiency low-cost solar cells
Leader: prof. T. Markvart

Photonic structures and photon management will be used to enhance the capture of sunlight. To this end, advanced forms of fluorescent collectors will be developed with the use of frequency management in molecular complexes, applying ideas from photosynthetic light harvesting. With the help of photonics, the resulting structures will efficiently trap and guide both the incident and emitted light. The aim is to separate light capture from charge separation in a device where photonics serves as a tool to attaining high-efficiency at low cost, in a compact next-generation solar cell. The work will build on collaboration between the Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics in Prague and the Solar Energy Laboratory at the University of Southampton, UK (see http://www.southampton.ac.uk/engineering/research/groups/energy_technology/solar_energy.page)

logowp5 Solar power utilization concept in the built environment - Microgrids, Solar Architecture
Leader: Ing. P. Wolf

Team is focused on practical use of solar cells in respect to energy demands, human perception and urbanism. Cities and other urban areas will be completely transformed; building can be first passive and later even act as an active source of energy. This WP will investigate requirement and impact of such profound change. Read more...