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Solar Energy Applications Group (SEAG)

The research undertaken by the Solar Energy Applications Group (SEAG) concentrates on the conversion of sunlight into usable forms of energy. The research activities undertaken address the need to generate clean energy and improve current energy systems to provide sufficent energy for an increasing global population. The SEAG team have their independent Solar Laboratory for research purposes.

SEAG research concentrates on several areas of interest including:

  • Advanced luminescent solar devices
  • Thermal energy storage
  • Solar collectors
  • Building integration of solar devices and systems
  • Small and large scale solar energy systems
  • Photovoltaic systems
  • Solar thermal systems


Research Projects

Plasmonic Enhancement and Directionality of Emission for Advanced Luminescent Solar Devices (PEDAL)

PEDAL is funded by European Research Council (Project Number 639760). It proposed a disruptive PV technology where record increases in efficiency are achieved and costs reduced. PEDAL will concentrate both direct and diffuse solar radiation in a static building component delivering not only breakthroughs in solar device efficiencies but also the development of unique building integrated components.



Innovative Pathways to Thermal Energy Storage (InPath-TES)

Following the EC SET-Plan Education and Training Roadmap, the concept of this proposal is to develop a joint PhD programme between universities and research centres, on the topic of Thermal Energy Storage (TES). The goal of INPATH-TES is to create a network of universities and research institutes to implement a joint PhD programme on TES technologies.



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