Space Power Systems

Current project

Applications now open for VIP 2022 via a wait-list!


Academics will be in touch throughout the year to arrange an interview 

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.

Off-earth Power Systems

VIP ChallENG research goals

  • Developing photovoltaics (PV), betavoltaics (BV)and laser beaming systems for space applications 
  • Designing flexible PV and BV energy harvesting devices and integrated IoT solutions 
  • Designing the ‘solar (power) ring’ device to power IoT networks 
  • Researching radiation tolerance of PV devices 
  • Investigating new materials and their efficiencies 
  • Fabricating solar cells in lunar-like environments 
  • Increasing transfer efficiency of laser power beaming 
  • Integrating power systems for space missions to the Moon and for LEO CubeSats 
  • Developing power systems for IoT devices

Research, design or technical ChallENG

  • Enhancing PV efficiency and stability in space 
  • Improving BV device efficiency through new semiconductor materials that have greater energy conversion and increased radiation resistance 
  • Investigating the performance of several types of solar cells under low light intensities, different spectra and a wide range of temperatures 
  • Designing and fabricating PV and BV devices for IoT applications 
  • Designing and fabricating integrated power ring prototypes 
  • Developing database and data analysis capabilities for completed IoT solutions 
  • Addressing the EQE (external quantum efficiency) artefacts in multijunction solar cells 
  • Improving welding of space solar cell interconnects 
  • Improving the operation, efficiency and pointing accuracy of laser power beaming 
  • 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 
  • Integrating different power systems into various space missions

Desired Background

All degrees are welcome, however, students specialising in the below areas are encouraged to apply.

Desired Research Areas Desired Skills


  • 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


Team Academic Lead