The Application Targeted and Integrated Photovoltaics (ATIP) Programme is a £6 million award to drive next-generation solar technology into new applications. It is a programme grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Through ATIP, three research groups from Swansea University, Imperial College London and Oxford University will advance solar technologies focusing on organic and perovskite photovoltaics. The lightweight, flexible and affordable advantages that these next-generation photovoltaics have will make them suitable for applications such as 5G and zero-carbon buildings and vehicles (1).
The ATIP Programme will be led by SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre at Swansea University in Partnership with the new Centre for Integrative Semi-conductor Materials (CISM) , the Centre for Processable Electronics (CPE) at Imperial College London, and Oxford University’s Physics Department (1). The Sêr Cymru Program, funded by the Welsh Government and European Regional Development Fund, has played a significant role in the creation of this new initiative through both the Sêr Solar and Sêr SAM projects and the associated National Research Chairs Professor James Durrant and Professor Paul Meredith who will lead ATIP.
Sêr Cymru: The goal of the Sêr Cymru program is to bring scientific talent into Wales. It is a multi-million pound funding initiative that has brought 12 research chairs to Wales, 8 of whom are still funded by the program and all of which are continuing their ground-breaking research at their respective Universities (2). Sêr Cymru has three main focus research areas: life sciences and health; low carbon, energy and environment and advanced manufacturing and engineering (3).
Sêr SAM and the Centre for Integrative Semiconductor Materials (CISM): The Sêr SAM program at Swansea University Department of Physics focuses upon delivering the next generation advanced function materials with sustainable environmental footprints for applications such as solar energy, optoelectronics and bioelectronics. Sêr SAM is now part of the new £30M CISM initiative funded under the Research England Research Partnership Investment Fund (RPIF) (3) which seeks to next generation of semiconductor technologies by integrating materials, platforms and processes.
If you would like to learn more about the Application Targeted and Integrated Photovoltaics (ATIP) Programme, feel free to check out Swansea University’s press release, which can be found HERE.
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