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Post author: Robyn Watson. Last update: 14/08/2015 at 11:28 am by Robyn Watson.
Together with our partners from industry and government, Swinburne is pioneering a pre-pilot R&D facility for our nanophotonic technologies, including thin film solar cells on glass, which occupies one entire floor of the new AMDC building.
This ground-breaking development will help to further build capacity and secure Australia’s leading global position in ultra-high efficiency nanophotonic solar cell research and development. Based on our successful outcomes, large scale industry-ready nanophotonic thin film solar modules are now within reach.
Optical data storage
Our optical data storage program aims to address the rapidly escalating energy consumption of big global data centres. By switching from existing energy-hungry data storage technologies, optical data storage (as in polymer based CDs and DVDs) provides much higher capacity, longevity and has low energy requirements. In our laser laboratories in the new AMDC building, fundamental breakthroughs have been achieved in reducing the focus spot of the laser writing beam which makes it possible to cram one petabyte (1,000 terabytes) of data onto a single DVD sized disc.
Wet Chemistry Laboratory
In our wet chemistry laboratory, novel nanoparticles are developed for integration with solar cells of any kind. This technology greatly increases solar cell efficiency by breaking up light into a broad spectrum which in turn leads to greater conversion efficiency of the photons into electrons.
This is where large glass sheets are treated and coated with conductive layers that form the basis of thin film silicon solar cells. Once completed, the coating facility will have two Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapour Deposition systems capable of manufacturing an entire thin film solar cell.
In this laboratory Swinburne’s patented nanoplasmonic technologies are integrated with solar cells to increase efficiency and stability.
Laser scribing laboratory
Our deep expertise in lasers enables us to manipulate the focus area of a laser beam to only a few nanometres. This is important because it enables us to cut separation grooves so thin that it hardly has an impact on the solar cell’s performance. The grooves are necessary to create narrow pathways for the generated electrons to move quickly to the collection points.
A suite of high-tech metrology equipment is used to measure solar cell efficiency, stability and expected lifetime. The equipment is mainly used to measure, confirm and certify efficiency results.
Centre for Micro-Photonics
Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn Campus. Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre (AMDC), 453-477 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia.
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