Two key challenges facing developers of innovative energy technologies are ensuring their long-term durability and accelerating the time-to-market. One area in which both are particularly challenging is the development of thin films, used in a range of energy applications from photovoltaics to batteries. The complexity of thin films means that device performance and degradation are affected by a combination of characteristics, and their assessment requires a new analytical approach to combined data analysis.
This project will use results from ENG53 ThinErgy to develop a European hybrid metrology capability for the characterisation of thin film performance and durability in energy applications. This will include the development of new methods to enable datasets from multiple measurements to be combined. The new capabilities will aid the development of new, innovative energy technologies based on thin films, in turn supporting progress towards energy efficiency and renewable energy targets.