New materials for Photovoltaics

More energy in the form of sunlight hits terrestrial earth in one hour than is used by humanity in an entire year. The prairies are particularly rich in solar illumination; southern Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba have the best annual insolation statistics of the entire country (‘sunshine’), as shown below, and thus sunlight in the prairies represents an enormous, almost entirely untapped energy resource. This program looks to identify new materials for the capture of solar energy, and conversion to usable forms (electricity, chemical fuels). In this program, we look to discover materials made from earth-abundant elements for solar energy capture that have very low energy requirements for processing, enable highthroughput and large scale (scalable) manufacturing processes, including roll-to-roll printing, spray-coating, and others.