Photon Fission & Fusion: Beyond the Limits of Conventional Solar Energy Technologies

The aim is to develop new technology that drastically increases the possibility to exploit the full energy spectrum of sunlight, applicable to existing and future solar energy technology. With preserved efficiency, the required sunlit area might be reduced by more than 50% by this technology, i.e. doubled efficiency. Two new light absorbing dye systems will be developed and adapted to existing solar technologies for electricity and fuel production. One dye system will enable the utilization of the surplus energy of the energy rich sunlight (blue end of the spectrum) that in existing technology is wasted as heat. The other dye system converts sunlight of too low energy (red end of the spectrum) to be able to contribute to the fuel or power production in today’s devices into a useful feedstock. Thus, the project addresses the two major bottlenecks of today’s solar energy technologies and will enable optimal utilization of all wavelengths of the solar spectrum.

Participants

Bo Albinsson (contact)

Professor at Chemical and Biological Engineering, Physical Chemistry

Maria Abrahamsson

Docent at Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Physical Chemistry

Damir Dzebo

Forskare at Chemical and Biological Engineering, Physical Chemistry

Victor Gray

Doktorand at Chemical and Biological Engineering, Polymer Technology

Fredrik Johansson

Doktorand at Chemical and Biological Engineering, Organic Chemistry

Duncan Kushnir

Forskare at Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis

Jerker Mårtensson

Biträdande professor at Chemical and Biological Engineering, Organic Chemistry

Kasper Moth-Poulsen

Docent at Chemical and Biological Engineering, Polymer Technology

Björn Sandén

Professor at Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis

Funding

Swedish Energy Agency

Funding years 2013–2015

Related Areas of Advance and Infrastructure

Nanoscience & Nanotechnology

Area of Advance

Energy

Area of Advance

Sustainable Development

Chalmers Driving Force

More information

Project Web Page at Chalmers

http://www.chalmers.se/sv/projekt/Sidor/Fo...

Latest update

2015-10-30