The Network for Photovoltaic Technology (NPT) has a mission to broadly address challenges in photovoltaic technology—from material synthesis and device processing, device physics and modeling, material/device characterization, to reliability and module-level performance. Theory, modeling, and simulation play an integrating role in the NPT by embedding insights and understanding gained in experimental research into broadly applicable simulation capabilities. The NPT is being launched by a core team at Purdue University and with a focus on modeling and simulation and driven by an initial set of projects defined by the needs of the founding members. A close partnership with the Purdue-led, NSF-funded Network for Computational Nanotechnology supports the NPT and provides a forum for engaging universities in the U.S. and overseas. Technology transfer via students entering the PV industry and though education, training, and knowledge transfer via on-site meetings and through the NCN's science gateway, www.nanoHUB.org are important parts of the NPT mission. The NPT is currently in a launch phase during which the industrial membership and university partnerships are being expanded.
The NPT is designed to be a unique venue for industry-directed, university research. The philosophy is to develop broadly applicable, technology agnostic solutions by solving technology-specific problems. The goal is to embed the understanding gained in such research in end-to-end modeling capabilities that includes process, device, characterization, reliability, and systems. The NPT aims to become an international center of gravity for PV research that connects islands of excellence that engage physicists, chemists, materials scientists, and electrical engineers in industry and universities. NPT will also provide a global forum for industry-university dialog, and it will provide an exceptional, industry-relevant experience for students.
- Materials and Processes
- Device Modeling
- Characterization for Predictive Modeling
- Physics-based Reliability
- PV Systems
- Software Platform
Mark Lundstrom / Purdue University
M. Ashraf Alam / Purdue University
George Adams / Network for Computational Nanotechnology
Vicki Johnson / Network for Computational Nanotechnology
Current6 Research Tasks1 Universities16 Students4 Faculty Researchers5 Industry Liaison Personnel
This Year45 Research Publications1 Patent Applications
Last Year1 Task Starts60 Research Publications
Since Inception6 Research Tasks1 Universities20 Students4 Faculty Researchers6 Industry Liaison Personnel160 Research Publications1 Patent Applications