IREC participates in the RENEW-PV COST Action

  • Energy and environment

RENEW-PV is a COST Action that stands for “Research and International Networking on Emerging Inorganic Chalcogenides for Photovoltaics“. A COST Action is an interdisciplinary research network that brings researchers and innovators together to investigate a topic of their choice for 4 years. COST Actions offer an inclusive, pan-European environment for individuals of all levels of seniority to grow their professional research networks and boost their careers.

The European Green Deal directives endorse the development of new renewable energy concepts using non-toxic materials with low environmental impact and low greenhouse gas emissions. To meet this goal, RENEW-PV brings together leading and pioneering academic and industry researchers from across Europe and worldwide, targeting to pool current and stimulate further research development and deployment of emerging inorganic chalcogenide thin-film PV technologies. THE ACTION AIMS to create a research and innovation networking environment that will allow exploiting the high stability, low environmental impact, low carbon footprint, and high technological flexibility potential of emerging inorganic chalcogenide PV technologies. RENEW-PV seeks to consolidate and strengthen the emerging PV ecosystem, providing generation and exchange of knowledge, enhancing creativity and collaboration.

It will deliver a portfolio of technological benchmarking to establish performance indicators defining a technological roadmap for the development of a new type of PV technology capable of producing higher power densities, and with a wider application range than traditional Si-based PV. The challenge to overcome is to bridge the knowledge gaps between different research groups focused on materials and device modelling, thin-film materials and processes development, solar cells engineering, and material and device characterization.

RENEW-PV Action will promote research excellence and foster the career development of early-career researchers and doctoral students (following the gender balance principles) through networking, training, mentoring, and integration into PV research collaborations, contributing to jobs creation and re-industrialization of Europe in a low-carbon economy and green society.

The action starts on November the 1st 2022, will finish in October 2026, and there are 37 countries involved worldwide, including Spain. The action includes the world leading centres in R+D on emerging chalcogenide PV technologies. Alejandro Pérez-Rodríguez, head of the Solar Energy Materials and Systems (SEMS) group at IREC, is Management Committee member for Spain. The SEMS group will also participate in the work packages regarding materials and device development and advanced characterisation.

Link to this COST Action on cordis here.

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding agency for research and innovation networks. Our Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and enable scientists to grow their ideas by sharing them with their peers. This boosts their research, career and innovation.