Project: Traceable characterisation of thin-film materials for energy applications

The global market for low-carbon goods and services is projected to grow from £3.5 trillion in 2008 to just under £4.5 trillion in 2015. Much of this growth is driven by EU targets for the use of renewable energy and energy-efficient devices. Europe’s shift to a low-carbon economy requires a wide range of advanced materials and technologies, including power electronics, solid state lighting, solar energy and energy-efficient windows. These applications are based on complex thin films that possess novel electronic and thermal properties not found in bulk materials. The complexity of thin films means that there are technical challenges relating to their performance, durability and cost-effective manufacturing. This project will develop the measurements needed to characterise the structure of thin films and their novel properties. Models will also be developed to help interpret the measurements and relate them to product performance. This will accelerate innovation and improve quality control for energy technologies.

Acronym ENG53 ThinErgy (Reference Number: ENG53)
Duration 01/07/2014 - 30/06/2017
Project Topic Metrology
Project Results
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Network EMRP
Call EMRP Call 2013 - Energy and Environment

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 NPL Management Limited Coordinator United Kingdom
2 Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung Partner Germany
3 Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives Partner France
4 Cesky Metrologicky Institut Partner Czech Republic
5 Dansk Fundamental Metrologi A/S Partner Denmark
6 Laboratoire national de métrologie et d'essais Partner France
7 Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy Partner Finland
8 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Partner Germany
9 VSL B.V. Partner Netherlands
10 PANalytical B.V. Observer Netherlands
11 Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives France
12 Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH Germany