An ERC consolidator grant was attributed to Isabel Ferreira for the development, in the next 5 years, of an integrated device that combines thin film capacitors, thermoelectrics and photovoltaics. This ambitious project will bring new insights at large area, low cost and flexible energy harvesting and comes from an old idea of combining energy conversion and storage that has been pursued by the PI, over the last 5 years.
The possibility of having a unique device that converts thermal and photonics energy into electrical energy and simultaneously stores it, is something dreamed by the PI since the beginning of her research career. To achieve that goal, this project aims to gather, in a single substrate, solar cells, thermoelectrics and capacitors, all made of thin films. These three main components will be developed separately and integrated sequentially.
The ERC evaluation panels, have favourably reviewed and recommended for funding this proposal entitled: "Integration of Capacitor, Thermoelectric and PhotoVoltaic thin films for efficient energy conversion and storage- CapTherPV " submitted to the ERC-CoG-2014 Call, with a funding of approximately 2 million euros.