Simon Hodgson

Research Assistant

Centre for Solar Energy Research, Glyndŵr University

  • Centre for Solar Energy Research
    Prifysgol Glyndŵr University, OpTIC
    Ffordd William Morgan
    St. Asaph Business Park
    St. Asaph
    LL17 0JD
  • 01745 535213
  • s.hodgson@glyndwr.ac.uk

Experience

Simon received his Master of Chemistry degree from the University of Wales Bangor in 2009 before starting his PhD with the Centre for Solar Energy Research (CSER) at Glyndŵr University on photon management within cadmium telluride photovoltaics. Whilst finishing his Thesis Simon was appointed as a research assistant (also at CSER) on the SOLCER project. His research interests include thin-film photovoltaics, photon management and up-scaling production from laboratory device towards module scale.

Role in SOLCER

Simon works as a research assistant with CSER on the production of thin-film cadmium telluride mini-modules. As well assisting in the production and characterisation of these mini-modules Simon is responsible for testing their potential lifetime (under heat and humidity) in an environmental chamber and outdoors. The aim of this is to develop new building integrated photovoltaic systems.

Publications

S. D. Hodgson, W. S. M. Brooks, A. J. Clayton, G. Kartopu, V. Barrioz, S. J. C. Irvine, “The impact of quantum dot concentration on the optical properties of QD/PMMA luminescent down-shifting films applied to CdTe photovoltaic devices”, Nano Energy 4, 2014, 1-6.
(Available Online – December 2013 – DOI: 10.1016/j.nanoen.2013.12.004)
S. D. Hodgson, W. S. M. Brooks, A. J. Clayton, G. Kartopu, D. A. Lamb, V. Barrioz, S. J. C. Irvine, “Increased conversion efficiency in CdTe photovoltaics by luminescent down-shifting with quantum dot/PMMA films”, Prog. Photovolt. Res. Appl.
(Available Online – August 2013 – DOI: 10.1002/pip.2408)
G. Kartopu, A. J. Clayton, W. S. M. Brooks, S. D. Hodgson, V. Barrioz, A. Maertens, D. A. Lamb, S. J. C. Irvine, “Effect of window layer composition in Cd1-xZnxS/CdTe solar cells”, Prog. Photovolt. Res. Appl. 22, 2014, 18-23.
(Available Online – August 2012 – DOI: 10.1002/pip.2272)
S. D. Hodgson, W. S. M. Brooks, A. J. Clayton, G. Kartopu, V. Barrioz, S. J. C. Irvine, “Enhancing blue photoresponse in CdTe photovoltaics by luminescent down-shifting using semiconductor quantum dot/PMMA films”, Nano Energy 2/1, 2013, 21-27.
(Available Online – July 2012 – DOI: 10.1016/j.nanoen.2012.07.006)