National Physical Laboratory

New ways to harvest solar energy

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is a significant partner in one of the four new Technology Strategy Board projects to use nanoscale technologies for the next generation of devices to harness the energy of the sun.


The Technology Strategy Board and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are investing a total of £5m in four collaborative projects that will address the challenges of building the supply chain and scaling up the technologies behind this new approach to solar energy harvesting.

NPL is involved in the 'Scalable, low-cost organic photovoltaic devices (SCALLOPS)' project led by Pilkington Technology Management Ltd. The other partners include: Imperial College London; University of Bath; Solvay Interox Ltd; RK PrintCoat Instruments Ltd; and Flexink Ltd. The NPL work will be co-funded from the National Measurement Office's Innovation R&D Programme.

These projects will help to position British businesses to exploit the growing global demand for solar energy harvesting technologies while providing sustainable energy solutions for the UK.

Nanoscale technologies can enable new solar energy harvesting solutions through the generation of novel materials that can be deployed to deliver commercially attractive efficiencies at a low cost and a reasonable lifetime of service.

Find out more about NPL's photovoltaics research

Last Updated: 25 May 2012
Created: 7 Apr 2011


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