The SUPERGEN SuperSolar Hub started in May 2012 and has successfully formed an inclusive solar community that links research carried out by universities and industry.

Led by Loughborough University’s Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST) the Hub comprises the Universities of Bath, Cambridge, Imperial College, Liverpool, Oxford, Sheffield and Southampton. SuperSolar is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s (EPSRC) RCUK energy programme. In the summer of 2018, SuperSolar received further funding from EPSRC and became a Network+. At this time, Swansea University and the University of Warwick became core members.

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The activities of the Hub include:

  • Establishment of a UK network for PV R&D to include universities, industry and finance
  • Training for new university and industrial PV researchers
  • An accredited UK national cell efficiency measurement facility
  • Organisation of events of interest to all sectors of the PV community
  • Funding for international and industrial research secondments, conference attendance and research projects
  • Business and industry engagement

Super Solar also incorporates the Solar Fuels Network, a UK-based community of researchers (over 550 members) working towards the solar-driven conversion of abundant resources such as water and carbon dioxide into renewable fuels. Research into the production of such solar fuels is highly multidisciplinary, with activities that include device engineering, material and molecular synthesis, (photo)electrochemistry, time-resolved spectroscopy as well as enzyme, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. The Network provides an exchange and networking forum within the community, and facilitates collaborations and co-operation by organising an annual meeting, publishing a regular newsletter, and providing an informative website. To find out more, please visit: