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Solar Power

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what research his Department has conducted into excitonic solar cells. (255157)

I have been asked to reply.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Technology Strategy Board, funded through the Department's Science and Research, and Innovation Budgets respectively, support a portfolio of research into excitonic solar cells.

The EPSRC's current portfolio on excitonic solar research totals £10 million and includes £1.1 million for the SUPERGEN Excitonic Solar Cells Consortium. The Technology Strategy Board currently has two collaborative R&D projects in this area providing total grant support of £833,000.

Basic and applied research funded by both organisations in areas such as materials and plastic electronics is relevant, but not captured in these figures.