What is SPARC II?
SPARC II was an SO1.1 Operation, funded by the Welsh European Funding Office with the beneficiaries comprising of Swansea, Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities.
The purpose of the operation was to build research capacity in solar photovoltaic research. The ERDF support ensured that the SPARC II team could attract substantial competitive research funding enabling new research partnerships for ground breaking research and leading to effective technology transfer in the future. The research sought to add value solutions to technology challenges and provide new manufacturing and supply opportunities for Welsh industry.
The operation ran from April 2016 until March 2023 and was successful in achieving its key outputs, as detailed in the table below.
Cumulative Outputs (2016-2023)
|Indicator 3000||Number of improved infrastructure facilities||1||1|
|Indicator 3001||Number of researchers working in improved research infrastructure facilities||40||43|
|Indicator 3026||Number of new researchers in supported entities||28||34|
|Indicator 3002||Amount of research funding secured||£11,000,000||£17,066,760|
|Indicator 3010||Number of enterprises cooperating in a research project||206||97|