Six million dollars to fund solar cells

9 April

veski innovation fellow Professor Andrew Holmes has been awarded $6 million from the State Government of Victoria to continue his research in the development of organic solar cells as an alternative to silicon based cells in the generation of solar power. 

The project lead by Professor Andrew Holmes could see the eventual replacement of costly silicon-based cells, such as those that generate solar energy on houses. 

Victorian Minster for Energy and Resources Mr Peter Bacherlor said, “This research highlights the creative and cutting edge work that will be required to tackle the challenges of climate change".

The six million dollar grant for a twelve million dollar project headed by Professor Andrew Homles is set to develop and increase the efficiency of organic solar cells as an alternative to silicon based cells in the generation of solar power.

The project could lead to the establishment of a centre of excellence in Victoria in research in this area with world class participants. The grant partners include: Monash University, CSIRO, Securency (including Innovia Films), BP Solar, Merck, Bluescope Steel and NonoVic.

“One of the potential large-scale offshoots of the research could see organic solar cells being embedded into manufactured roofing panels for houses and buildings. This would not only protect the buildings from the elements, but also generate electricity,” Mr Batchelor said.

For more information, please download the media release.

veski would like to acknowledge that this media release is courtesy of the Victorian Government.

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