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Opportunities for Solar in the Developing World

9th May 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm BST


This workshop will provide an opportunity to bring together those working in solar applications across the developing world (in both grid and off-grid contexts) with the UK research and innovation community working on the latest developments in solar PV materials and production techniques.

For the international development community, the workshop will provide an  opportunity to hear about the latest developments before they reach the market place and to develop partnerships with those developing those technologies for international markets.  Examples include increased power output and easier maintenance using anti-soiling coatings on modules.  Lightweight, flexible solar suitable for rapid deployment in off grid areas and for disaster relief and new solar/energy storage solutions.

For technical researchers and the solar industrial sector, the works hop will provide an opportunity to hear about the latest experience of deployment of solar in overseas markets, as well as details of a range of different funding and collaboration possibilities.




9.30 Registration and coffee

10:30 Ed Brown (LCEDN, Loughborough University) – Overview of LCEDN and opportunities

10:50 Mike Walls (SuperSolar, Loughborough University) – overview of key technologies and challenges

First Session Funding Landscape

11:10 Alice Goodbrook (Innovate UK) – funding for international development focused projects via Energy Catalyst

11:35 Ben Good – E4I – Energy4Impact – Crowdfunding in the energy access sector

12:00 Will Blythe, Senior Research Fellow  – Energy, Climate, Energy and Water Team, Research and Evidence Division, DFID TEA/DFID – current energy research and delivery portfolio.

12.30 Lunch

Second Session – Technical Developments

1:40 Richard Blanchard (CREST, Loughborough University) – The role of solar in decentralised power provision in developing countries

2:00 Ed Brown (LCEDN, Loughborough University) – Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS)

2:20 Fabiana Lisco (CREST, Loughborough University) – Anti soiling coatings for solar modules: more power and less maintenance

2:40 Tom Routledge (University of Sheffield) – New lightweight and flexible PV for off-grid deployment

3:00 Coffee  

3:20 Joanna Coleman (Shell) – Thriving through the energy transition – what role will Shell play in delivering more and cleaner energy solutions?

3.40 Cecile Charbonneau (Swansea University) – Strategies enabling low-C processing of metal oxide films for the fabrication of 3rd generation photovoltaics

4.00 Discussion Panel

4.45 Close

Closing date for registration: 3 May 2019



9th May 2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm BST


Mike Walls
Ed Brown


Loughborough University
Ashby Road
Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3TU
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