New photovoltaic research shines countries 

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New research is on progress and aims at improving solar cell technology and using photovoltaic (PV) devices. The research project has five universities partaking in the process and is being led by the Arizona State University. In order to advance the PV technology, a research center is known as (QESST) Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies will lead in this collaborative project. The members of this project include; Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT Research Laboratory, Tyndall National Institute (Cork) and Irish Photonic Integration Center (IPIC).

The main aim of this project is to bring together the members so as to advance to innovative technology and come up with scalable strategies for effective deployment. It is a platform where trans-disciplinary work between scientists is promoted. This will help in exploring technologies that have the potential to address the worldwide grand challenges. 

Expertise in additive manufacturing, fabrication, testing of solar devices and 3D printing will be provided by I-Form at the DCU. This particular integration of I-Form provides a new opportunity since it has designed the production of a quality Nano-colloid and additional manufacturing capabilities of the latest material.

New thin applications of films will be integrated by NBEC and ASU in order to advance the technology of Nanoparticle plasma deposition into photovoltaic technology.

In order to integrate the small solar cells into the indoor internet of things (IoT) sensors and wearables, the achievements of IPC in Nano and micro photonics will be combined with those of MIT research. In order to extend the life of the battery for those devices that have no access to sunlight, the indoor light will be converted into electrical power. This will be done with help of solar panels. 

The collaborations have helped in achieving both new technologies as well as transformative PV applications since it works by combining advances from the new materials as well as fields such as the additive manufacturing with those from photovoltaic. Photovoltaic is a diverse field in technology, applications, and functions. The low costs and improved performances have helped in the advancement of photovoltaic in its own Moore’s Law-like innovative technologies.   

Key development modules for web-streamed technology and a learner exchange program are the cross-center opportunities in learning during this project. Partners that funded and led to the succession of this project are National Science Foundation in the US, Science Foundation of Ireland as well as not forgetting; Northern Ireland Department of Economy. 

Arizona State University is a research center that is committed to pursuing research that will later contribute to its people. It is also concerned with the wellbeing of communities in terms of economic, social and cultural viability.

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