The Photovoltaic (PV) research portfolio at QEERI aims to develop, build, test and implement PV technologies that are customized for Qatar and the region, which will in turn assist in the large-scale deployment of solar energy in the country.
The Technology Assessment activity consists of monitoring the performance of most of the PV technologies available today, in order to identify the most suitable ones for deployment across Qatar. The input provided by QEERI after its thorough technology assessment, based on data collected over four years, has provided stakeholders with an in-depth look at how different PV technologies perform in Qatar's climate.
Technology Development activity focuses on addressing two major technical challenges related to the desert environment – a.) The design and fabrication of solar cells that perform better in Qatar's climate and b.) The reduction of the negative impact of dust and high temperature on the performance of PV panels.
The R&D activities include the development of silicon solar of higher resistance to degradation under high temperatures and the synthesis of anti-dust coatings which help in controlling panel soiling, thus minimizing the energy loss.
In addition, QEERI’s scientists are combining both experiments and numerical simulations to explore novel perovskite materials which are emerging as a promising alternative to silicon PV technology.
PV Performance & Reliability pillar aims to measure and analyze the performance and reliability of various PV technologies in order to mitigate the impact of Qatar’s climatic conditions.
Silicon Technology pillar focuses on the development of cost effective Si-solar cell with high performance in Qatar's environment, including silicon growth and device fabrication
PV Emerging Technology pillar focuses on fabricating perovskite based solar cells with high efficiency and improved stability, and on developing high throughput emerging environmentally friendly PV technology following the ‘thinner, faster, efficient and low-cost’ roadmap.
QEERI has developed close contacts with Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) in order to identify research topics of common interest. QEERI plans to use silicon produced by QSTec to design and fabricate wafers and cells of high performance.
QEERI and EPFL (Switzerland) established a strong partnership to design and produce silicon solar cells that perform better in the desert environment and to develop the emerging Perovskite-based PV technology.
QEERI and Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics (CSP), Germany are working together on improving Silicon panel reliability by carrying out outdoor testing in QEERI's solar test facility as well as indoor testing in Germany.