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Loughborough University to lead new £5 million SUPERSOLAR hub

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Experts from Loughborough University will be leading a new £5 million project to boost research, training and industry partnerships in the solar energy sector.

The market for photovoltaic (PV) solar technology is experiencing rapid growth worldwide due to increasing energy demand and concerns over global warming.  The dramatic drop in the cost of solar panels alongside an increase in the cost of energy produced using fossil fuels has also added to this growth.

The new SUPERSOLAR hub will see the creation of the UK’s first standards lab for solar energy devices, a training programme for the PV sector and the formation of an inclusive solar community that links research carried out in universities and industry.

It is being funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)-led RCUK energy programme.  Partners include the Universities of Bath, Liverpool, Oxford, Sheffield and Southampton, along with the Energy Generation and Supply Knowledge Transfer Network.

The hub will be led by Professor Mike Walls from Loughborough’s Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST).  CREST is internationally renowned for its work in renewable energy, conducting extensive research into solar PV, solar thermal, energy in buildings, energy storage, grid connection and integration and wind power.

Speaking about the SUPERSOLAR hub Professor Walls said: “This initiative is aimed at building on some great innovative research already carried out on solar devices in the UK.  We aim to continue to conduct ground-breaking research and also build a network of universities and companies to take full advantage of the opportunities presented by this exciting industry.”

Professor David Delpy, EPSRC’s Chief Executive said: “The SUPERSOLAR research hub will bring together the UK Solar energy research community to address the key research challenges facing the development of the next generation of solar technologies.  Scientific research into all forms of low carbon energy generation is essential if we are to reduce carbon emissions and avert dangerous climate change.”

A short film about the SUPERSOLAR project can be viewed at: SUPERSOLAR You Tube

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About EPSRC
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the UK’s main agency for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences.  EPSRC invests around £800 million a year in research and postgraduate training, to help the nation handle the next generation of technological change.  The areas covered range from information technology to structural engineering, and mathematics to materials science.  This research forms the basis for future economic development in the UK and improvements for everyone’s health, lifestyle and culture.  EPSRC works alongside other Research Councils with responsibility for other areas of research.  The Research Councils work collectively on issues of common concern via Research Councils UK (RCUK).  For further information visit: www.epsrc.ac.uk

About Loughborough University
Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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