Space Power Systems

Current project

VIP Snapshot

Power is critical for space missions and Internet Of Things (IoT) networks. Join the team investigating photovoltaic and betavoltaic devices for their huge potential in powering off-Earth energy systems.

VIP ChallENG research goals

We are investigating photovoltaic and betavoltaic devices for their huge potential in powering off-Earth energy systems.

The research includes:

  • Developing photovoltaics (PV), betavoltaics (BV) and laser beaming systems for space applications 
  • Designing flexible PV and BV energy harvesting devices and integrated IoT solutions
  • Enhancing PV efficiency and stability in space 
  • Improving BV device efficiency through new semiconductor materials that have greater energy conversion and increased radiation resistance 
  • Designing the ‘solar (power) ring’ device to power IoT networks
  • Designing and fabricating PV and BV devices for IoT applications
  • Designing and fabricating integrated power ring prototypes
  • Researching radiation tolerance of PV devices
  • Investigating the performance of several types of solar cells under low light intensities, different spectra and a wide range of temperatures 
  • Investigating new materials and their efficiencies 
  • Fabricating solar cells in lunar-like environments 
  • Improving the operation, transfer efficiency and pointing accuracy of laser power beaming
  • Improving welding of space solar cell interconnects
  • Integrating different power systems for space missions to the Moon and for LEO CubeSats 
  • Developing power systems for IoT devices
  • Developing database and data analysis capabilities for completed IoT solutions
  • Addressing the EQE (external quantum efficiency) artefacts in multijunction solar cells
  • Undertaking vacuum deposition of solar cell materials under conditions similar to those on the Moon 
  • Combining antennas and solar cells for dual use on satellites

Research Areas:

  • Photovoltaics
  • Betavoltaics
  • Space Science
  • Power Systems
  • Photovoltaics
  • Data science
  • Internet of Things
  • Laser physics
  • Radio-isotopes
  • Photovoltaics engineering 
  • Nuclear engineering 
  • Mechanical engineering 
  • Electrical engineering 
  • Electrical circuit design 
  • Wireless sensor networks 
  • Bio-engineering 
  • Physics
Off-earth Power Systems

Team Academic Lead