Semitransparent PV coatings for greenhouse application - Project - Bridge of Knowledge


Semitransparent PV coatings for greenhouse application

The increasing global population places demands on food production that cannot be met by traditional agriculture and today availability of food for us all is one of the major challenges for humanity. In addition, the intensification of existing agriculture has severe environmental consequences, such as unsustainable water usage, deforestation, and pesticide runoff. One promising approach to reduce the environmental impact is greenhouse-based agriculture, which can significantly increase land-use efficiency while reducing water consumption and pesticides. However, a major limitation of the widespread use of greenhouses is the significantly higher energy consumption used for climate and illuminance control than conventional agriculture. The goal of this project is the development of Net Zero Energy (NZE) Greenhouses assuring a viable solution for sustainable agriculture. In the project, we will develop the semitransparent PV systems for greenhouses which will reduce dependency on fossil fuels by improving sustainability and creating Net Zero Energy Greenhouses. The light management will be achieved not only by semitransparent solar cells but also by innovative coatings (wavelength-dependent reflectors) which will re-direct light passages to increase the efficiency of the solar cells and reduce the negative effect of the light on the plants. National Science Centre (NCN) is a member of the M-ERA.NET network for international research programs in the area of material science. The objectives of the programme support the European Green Deal by increasing attention to clean and energy-related technologies. Poland as a member of the European Union (EU) is following the recent trends for a low carbon energy economy. Therefore, the M-ERA.NET objectives stay in line with the energy policy of Poland. Also, Gdańsk University of Technology (Gdańsk Tech) has recently created Advanced Materials Center which focuses on the innovative materials applicable in the industry. The focus of the research is on the development of materials used for the storage and generation of electricity from renewable energy resources. Therefore, the M-ERA.NET project objectives match very well with the ongoing research trends at the university. Also, collaboration with Taiwan and other European groups would strengthen the position of Gdańsk Tech on the research of energy resource materials.


Project's acronym:
Financial Program Name:
Narodowe Centrum Nauki (NCN) (National Science Centre)
UMO-2021/03/Y/ST5/00233 z dnia 2022-07-01
Realisation period:
2022-07-01 - 2025-06-30
Research team leader:
dr inż. Damian Głowienka
Realised in:
Zakład Fizyki Organicznych i Perowskitowych Struktur Fotowoltaicznych
External institutions
participating in project:
  • Infinity PV (Denmark)
  • National Taiwan University (Taiwan, Province of China)
  • Institute of Experimental Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Czechia)
Project's value:
757 364.00 PLN
Request type:
International Research Programmes
International project
Verified by:
Gdańsk University of Technology

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