Solar Photovoltaic Academic Research Consortium

Professor Stuart Irvine, SPARC II Director

Stuart Irvine

"SPARC II will create added value through a world leading research network that together provides the range of skills for making a new generation of PV technology a reality".

What is SPARC II?

SPARC II is a SO1.1 Operation funded by the Welsh European Funding Office with the beneficiaries comprising of Swansea, Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities. The operation is led by Swansea University and will runs until December 2020. SPARC II will develop new themes in solar PV energy research which will address the big challenges for this. The research will seek added value solutions to these technology challenges that will provide new manufacturing and supply opportunities for Welsh industry.

Materials Enviro Group
Materials Hub

Contact Us

Contact Us

Dr Dan Lamb
SPARC II Project Manager
Centre for Solar Energy Research
College of Engineering,
Swansea University,
OpTIC Centre, Ffordd William Morgan,
St. Asaph Business Park, LL17 0JD

Tel:  (01745) 535238


The Centre for Solar Energy Research, Swansea University

Professor Stuart Irvine

Dr Dan Lamb

Dr Andrew Clayton

Dr Giray Kartopu

Mrs Emma Dawson-Parry

Mr Stephen Jones

Mr Peter Siderfin

Electronic Systems Design Centre, Swansea University

Dr Petar Igic

Physics Department, Aberystwyth University

Professor Andy Evans

Chemistry, Swansea University

Professor Peter Holliman

Dr Rosie Anthony

Dr Leo Furnell

Electronic Engineering, Bangor University

Dr Jeff Kettle

Materials Hub, Swansea University

Dr Matt Carnie

Dr Chao Zhao


List of publications

SPARC II Research

The SPARC II research goals have been incorporated into a work package structure to ensure that SPARC II will be building on the research expertise of the six participating teams to provide added value to this ERDF investment. The 6 Research Centres will work under multiple work package sub-headings identified as tasks.

Research Centre


Research Expertise



Thin film PV materials and chemical vapour deposition for coating with inorganic materials, innovative module design, encapsulation and ultra-light-weight modules.



Smart power electronics for more efficient extraction of power under different light conditions.

Materials Hub


Advanced characterisation of organic and inorganic PV cells to gain new insights to improvements in PV efficiency and long term stability.



Advanced materials characterisation using bespoke cluster tools incorporating real-time X-ray and optical methods to give new insights to the physics of PV devices and explore in-line monitoring techniques for PV module fabrication.



Synthesis of new PV materials and fabrication into new devices and modules

Electronic Engineering


Accelerated lifetime testing and failure mechanisms in new PV devices and modules, improve long term energy generation from PV.


Work Package



Research in new PV materials to achieve long term sustainability, non-toxic and potential for high performance


Innovative PV module fabrication to include ultra-light-weight modules, flexible PV modules, potential for architectural integration


Lifetime and environmental testing of encapsulated PV modules to establish potential for robustness


Smart Power electronics for PV applications


Advanced materials thin-film coating techniques: fundamental understanding to laboratory realisation