Metal nanoparticles, nanoantennas and rare earth ions for energy harvesting in solar cells (Nano2solar)

Diarienummer 2016-02011
Koordinator Luleå tekniska universitet - Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik
Bidrag från Vinnova 1 897 355 kronor
Projektets löptid juli 2016 - juni 2018
Status Pågående

Syfte och mål

The Nano2solar project aims at the design and development of innovative spectral conversion layers for increasing the efficiency of solar cells, based on rare-earth-doped luminescent materials enhanced by plasmonic effects and by energy-transfer from metal nanoparticles or nano-antennas. Further objectives of Nano2solar are establishing a strong and longlasting collaboration between Luleå, Chalmers and Ca´ Foscari (Venice, Italy) universities in the solar energy field and providing a significant boost to the scientific career of the Project Leader, Dr. Enrichi.

Förväntade effekter och resultat

In agreement with the described objectives, Nano2solar will optimize and validate the materials and processes for realizing a luminescent spectral conversion layer to increase the efficiency of solar cells. Moreover it will result in a strategic exchange of scientific and technical knowledge between the researchers of Luleå, Chalmers and Ca´ Foscari (Venice, Italy) universities, leading to potential breakthroughs in solar energy conversion with enhanced efficiency. As a consequence, the project will allow Dr. Enrichi to give a significant boost to his career.

Planerat upplägg och genomförande

The Nano2solar project will last two years. Efficient downconverting materials will be developed based on rare-earth ions and metal nanoparticles. The physics of the energy transfer process will be studied and the best performing layers will be validated on real devices. Throughout all these steps, a strong collaboration between the involved universities will guarantee the best scientific and technical solutions. A career development and training plan will give Dr. Enrichi the possibility to grow not only on the scientific aspects, but also in management and dissemination.

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