Multiscale in modelling and validation for solar photovoltaics

MultiscaleSolar news :

September 2022 update : Given the usefulness of this site and of all partners as a resource, this site is being updated, and the discussion is being re-energised and is still hosted by Valencia for which we’re thankful.

• Discussion pages : We’ve been forced to move to new google sites which makes editing a little more difficult. But not very difficult : Instead of simply posting comments, you need to edit the page.

Don’t hesitate : try it out ! Mistakes are to be expected, more important is discussions.

• ERANET moving on :  The ERANET program was a partner European collaborative system of combining national funding as European proposals in H2020. This has been replaced, under Horizon Europe, by the Clean Energy Technology Partnership :

The call is just out, and there’s been one information day which summarised the call texts.

• COST proposals: Some of us are thinking of COST proposals in the next year or so, since the MultiscaleSolar experience was very fruitful in terms of exchanges and ideas for projects. Keep looking at the discussion pages where there will no doubt be news on this.

Athens meeting: The Agora in springtime
Athens meeting: The Agora in springtime

MultiscaleSolar project description

Nanostructures show unique tunable material properties with major and proven potential for state-of-the-art optoelectronics. Exploiting them for the challenging implementation of next generation solar cell architectures requires novel multiscale modelling and characterization approaches which capture both the peculiar features at nanoscale and their impact on the optoelectronic performance at device levels.

To foster progress towards such approaches, MULTISCALESOLAR creates a new network of experts defragmenting knowledge by combining existing research activities to address key issues in in next generation photovoltaics raised by academic and industrial end users. It provides quantum mechanical descriptions of electronic, optical and vibrational properties in order to parametrize mesoscopic models for the dynamics of charge carriers, photons and phonons in nanostructures. This yields effective material parameters for use in macroscopic device level models validated at each step by experiment.

This Action combines theoretical and experimental expertise in industry and academia benefitting the European Research Area. The Action actively addresses gender issues, and favours early stage researchers, developing their scientific and management skills. The Action yields, for the first time, validated multiscale understanding of nanostructure properties for optoelectronic applications, with a focus on third generation photovoltaics.