$1.36m KAUST, Ireland solar-energy project

KAUST, CRANN collaborate on solar-energy conversion research

A solar-energy installation at KAUST in Saudi Arabia.
A solar-energy installation at KAUST in Saudi Arabia.

The Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN) at Trinity College, Dublin (TCD) will collaborate with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia on solar energy production in a $1.36million project.

KAUST and CRANN are exploring how to efficiently harvest these enormous amounts of energy in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly manner.

The KAUST-sponsored project will involve two senior researchers and three PhD students, both at KAUST and TCD, and it will make use of the computational power of the KAUST supercomputer Sasheen.

The joint project aims at understanding the fundamental limitations of solar energy conversion, paving the way for a new generation of photovoltaic devices, more efficient and cheaper than those currently available.

“We are very excited about the collaboration between KAUST and CRANN. The work that is being done has huge potential benefits in addressing the challenge facing the world to find renewable and green sources of energy,” said CRANN director Professor John Boland.

Ambassador Abdulaziz Aldriss, ambassador of Saudi Arabia, said “the collaboration between KAUST and CRANN is a further testament of the established and strengthened links between universities and research institutes in Saudi Arabia and Ireland.”

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