research councils fund massive solar power project.
The UK has continued its burgeoning commitment towards
the development of renewable energy, and specifically solar energy,
through the creation of the largest single research project into solar
power ever funded by British research councils.
million project was launched this month and the University of Bath, along
with five other universities and seven companies in the UK, will work
towards halving the cost of converting the sun's rays into electricity,
making it more competitive and thus more attractive for future investment.
The four-year research
project will ultimately aim to make solar power a viable alternative
to fossil fuels, therefore increasing the proliferation of the sustainable
According to Professor Laurence Peter, head of the
Department of Chemistry at the University of Bath and leader of the solar
cell research group, the solar energy project is set to make an "enormously important
contribution to providing more environmentally-friendly power for the
UK and the rest of the world".
"As existing supplies of oil and
gas dwindle, so we need to find alternatives that will not damage the environment
and solar energy is ideal for this, even in countries like Britain where
the sun doesn't always shine."
The project, entitled Photovoltaic Material
for the 21st Century, is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences
Source: Energy Saving Trust.