The commencement of the SuperSolar Hub in May 2012, as part of the
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) SUPERGEN
programme, coincided with the publication of game-changing developments
in perovskite technologies from one of the core+3 SuperSolar Hub
members, Prof Henry Snaith at Oxford University, who was quickly
recognised amongst Nature’s Ten People Who Mattered This Year in 2013.
Since then the Hub has been the focal point for UK research in
perovskite PV.Picture credit Oxford PV : Commercial sized
perovskite-on-silicon solar cells in production at Oxford PV’s pilot line
We live in a connected world: It is only a matter of time before
hundreds of billions of connected IoT devices and sensors provide mankind with
ubiquitous information… or is it really? What is certain is that key issues remain
to be solved for these optimistic projections to be realised, and energy supply
is one of them: how can these billions or even trillions of devices be powered,
sustainably and cost-effectively asks Mathieu Bellanger, CTO of Lightricity?