MMH.20.007 – Solar Power to the People

Route: Materials - Made in Holland

Cluster question: 020 How can the sun meet all our energy needs?

This century our global society will implement sustainable energy sources to reduce its use of fossil fuels that are becoming more expensive to extract and give rise to environmental problems, for example by emission of greenhouse gasses. Photovoltaic devices that produce electricity directly from sunlight are by far the most promising technology to accomplish this energy revolution. Sunlight is everywhere and available to anyone. However, important hurdles have to be overcome. First, implementing solar electricity on large scale will put a burden on public and private spaces. It will require that the public embraces this technology as solution and not as a threat. In this project, we seek to understand what influences public acceptability and how to foster adoption and successfully implement this innovative technology. Second, we will develop a new generation of advanced photovoltaic devices that outperform existing panels by doubling their power conversion efficiency, decreasing the carbon dioxide footprint of manufacturability by a factor of ten, and make them fully recyclable for re-use.

Keywords

multijunction devices, photovoltaics, social acceptance of solar energy, solar energy

Other organisations

Amolf, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), HVA, Technische Universiteit Delft (TUD), TNO

Submitter

Organisation University of Groningen (RUG)
Name Prof.dr. M.A. (Maria Antonietta) Loi
E-mail m.a.loi@rug.nl
Website https://www.rug.nl/staff/m.a.loi/