The climate crisis is the greatest challenge facing humanity – and we can find a solution only by working together. That is why we are committed to sharing our expertise with the wider industry, the scientific community, and the next generation.

Fostering innovation

We believe that to innovate for the benefit of future generations, we must collaborate with the wider scientific and industrial communities. We regularly contribute to industry discussions on solar energy and perovskite development.  

  • We take part in industry discussions with Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Fraunhofer ISE, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, PV Cycle, PVthin, Solar Power Europe, plus others. 
  • We have spoken at many conferences including EU PVSEC, IEEE-PVSC, and the Materials Research Society.

Take a look at some of the scientific papers, conference proceedings, and industry discussions we’ve contributed to recently (link). 

Fostering innovation
Collaborating with universities

We’re passionate about playing our part in helping to nurture the next generation of scientists and engineers.

We have been working with the University of Oxford in the Prosperity Partnership, an initiative to support skills and innovation, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Through this programme, we have sponsored four PhD students in the design of a perovskite solar cell to break the 40% efficiency barrier. Find out more in the video 'Prosperity Partnerships' in our videos page

In the EU, we have been an industrial partner for the University of Luxembourg's Doctoral Training Unit 'PACE' – Photovoltaics: Advanced Concepts for High Efficiency (link). The group is working to create new solar cells with higher power conversion efficiencies, and we are looking forward to supporting a PhD student at our Brandenburg site. 

Collaborating with universities
Supporting early-career scientists

We need to look no further than our very own doorsteps to find the future leaders of the energy transition. We love a scientific and intellectual challenge, and we are driven to continuously push the limits of our technology. That’s why some of our employees are also carrying out studies – and we are proud to be backing them.

Across Germany and the UK, we have supported our early-career employees in their undergraduate and postgraduate studies focused on high-efficiency solar energy materials. In Germany, we are also supporting apprentices in our laboratory.

To date, we have supported more than 10 early career scientists in the UK and Germany.

Photo: Katleen, a metrology technician in Germany, completed her engineering degree at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences (Technische Hochschule Brandenburg) where she conducted research on thermal imaging techniques for visualising defects in tandem solar cells.

Katleen, a metrology technician in Germany, completed her engineering degree at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences (Technische Hochschule Brandenburg) where she conducted research on thermal imaging techniques for visualising defects in tandem solar cells.
Inspiring young people into STEM careers

We enjoy inspiring younger people to learn about STEM careers and encouraging them to pursue a career in science. For instance, recently we have supported careers events and industrial placements through the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

Photo: Oxford PV at a RSC careers fair

Oxford PV at a Royal Society of Chemistry careers fair