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 Smart Solar Energy Harvesting, Storage and Utilization
Funded by: 
Theme-based Research Scheme (TRS), Research Grants Council (RGC)


The research project is now seeking technology transfer and collaboration opportunities, please contact the Project Manager for details. 


I Energy Harvesting


Device Optimization of CIGS Solar Cells

Innovative Breakthroughs: The full-set technology of fabricating efficient CIGS cells and modules by the team leads to a high-efficiency CIGS PV system in CUHK, as well as a start-up company “Shinetech Co Ltd” in the Xiuzhou National High-tech Zone, Jiaxing, Zhejiang of China  since 2015, with estimated capacity 2MW/year. 

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Highly crystalline large-grain size perovskite thin film crystals with good  stability

Innovative Breakthroughs: Developed highly crystalline large-grain size (5x5 cm2)perovskite thin film crystals. Humidity and heat stability was significantly boosted from 1 week to two months.

Academic merits: Published in the journal “Advanced Energy Materials” under the Wiley series, and “Nano Energy.

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Design and Synthesis of New Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) Materials

Innovative Breakthroughs: The team achieved single-junction organic solar cells with a record efficiency of 11.5%, 

Academic merits: The achievement is noted as a major technological breakthrough in the renowned National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) (US Dept of Energy) chart of “best research-cell efficiencies”.

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Flexure-based Precision Roll-to-roll Machine for Fabrication of Flexible Electronics

Innovative Breakthroughs: The team successfully developed a world record technology in precision R2R printing, realizing continuous printing on 4” web with 100 nm resolution

Academic merits: Published in the journal Precision Engineering

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Using micro-fibrous red phosphorus to produce clean fuel (hydrogen) from water with high efficiency

Innovative Breakthroughs: The micro-fibrous red phosphorous discovered by the team is the non-metal-based photocatalyst with highest efficiency. It is also abundant in the earth’s crust and can be extracted fairly easily. The process of conversion leaves only water as a by-product, without any toxic gas.

Academic merits: Published in the international journal "Angewandte Chemie”.

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Plasmonic and Upconversion Nanomaterials 

Innovative Breakthroughs: Invented an innovative lanthanide-sensitized oxide for capturing infrared light for solar harvesting by solar cells, reaching a maximal efficiency of 16%, which is at least double the efficiency of all other traditional nano-upconversion materials (<5%)

Academic merits: Published in "Nature Communications" under the Nature publishing group. 

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Development of Thermoelectric Generators (TEGs)

Innovative Breakthroughs: The team developed thermoelectric generators (TEGs) that achieved a power density as high as 9.2 mW cm-2 at a temperature difference of 52.5 K, which is the highest value reported so far for the electroplated micro-TEGs in the literature.

Academic merits: Published in the international journal Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems

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II Energy Storage


3D porous carbon foam based composites for high performance supercapacitors

Innovative Breakthroughs: Developed 3D porous carbon foam based composites for high performance supercapacitors, giving some of the highest reported values for asymmetric supercapacitors.

Academic merits: Published in the journal "Nano Energy".

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High-energy-density and low-cost zinc/iodine-bromide redox flow battery (ZIBB)

Innovative Breakthroughs:  Developed a new high-energy-density and low-cost zinc/iodine-bromide redox flow battery (ZIBB) achieving the highest reported energy density to-date.

Academic merits: Published in the journal “Energy & Environmental Science”, and was featured by the magazine “Chemistry World”, published by The Royal Society of Chemistry, United Kingdom.

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III Electricity Utilization


Online Generation Scheduling and Economic Dispatching for Microgrid

Innovative Breakthroughs:  Via intelligent tracking of the behaviors of perfect dispatch, the online energy generation scheduling algorithm CHASE (Competitive Heuristic Algorithms for Scheduling Energy-generation) was able to bring about a remarkable 20% cost saving. 

Academic merits: Published in the conference ACM SIGMETRICS. The follow-up work was published in the renowned journal "IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid".

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Energy-efficient Operation of Heavy-duty Truck

Innovative Breakthroughs: The highly-efficient solution is able to solve this problem which can reduce the truck’s fuel consumption by up to 17% as compared to the common shortest/fastest path algorithm. 

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Cooperative Planning and Operation of Interconnected Microgrids

Innovative Breakthroughs: The team designed a fair cost-sharing scheme to split up total investment cost using the “Nash bargaining solution”, which incentivizes proactive participation of microgrids toward socially optimal planning of renewable generation. Such a cooperative planning method can save the total investment cost by 35.9%. 

Academic merits: Two papers published in the journal IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid [Paper 1] [Paper 2]

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Smart Energy Management Online System: “Woo Sing Power”

Innovative Breakthroughs: Built a smart online energy management platform ”Woo Sing Power” which provides instantaneous feedback to all 300 dormitry rooms in CUHK LWS College to encourage energy conservation, and to administrators to find opportunities and policies to save energy.

Academic merits: Published in the e-Energy Proceedings of the “2015 ACM Sixth International Conference on Future Energy Systems”. 

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Smart Microgrid Laboratory at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Innovative Breakthroughs: A first of its kind microgrid platform in Hong Kong dedicated for scientific experiment and practical implementation of advanced microgrids control algorithms.

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Granular Probabilistic Interval Forecasting

Innovative Breakthroughs: A novel optimization based probabilistic interval prognosis method for solar and other renewable energies in MG (in collaboration with Hong Kong Observatory).

Academic merits: Published in the journal “IEEE Transactions on Power Systems”.

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First-of-its-kind Smart Demand Controller in Hong Kong

Innovative Breakthroughs: A first of its kind smart demand controller in HK (both theoretical design and hardware implementation) enabling frequency/votlage response from various home appliances.

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