Photovoltaics, Univ. of Northumbria

Northumbria University has been a member of EUREC since 1991. Research, Education and training in Photovoltaics is carried out at the Northumbria Photovoltaics Application Centre (NPAC).
This centre was established in 1984 to provide an expert research and consultancy service in Photovoltaics. It is part of the School of Engineering and Technology.

Practical Information

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Students from the European Economic Area are entitled to receive healthcare from the National Health Service. Students from outside the European Economic Area should take their own health insurance.
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Research Activities

Research activities at NPAC focuses on the following aspects of photovoltaics:

  • Design and development of building integrated photovoltaic systems
  • Performance monitoring and analysis
  • Development of thin film solar cell devices and manufacturing processes
  • Solar cell testing and characterisation
  • Environmental assessment of PV manufacturing and implementation
  • Information dissemination and demonstration programmes

NPAC is equipped with a Photovoltaic Cell Test Facility, which includes two Class A terrestrial solar simulators.
More information on current and recent research projects carried out at the NPAC can be found on the NPAC website

Contact Persons

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Contact Persons

For specific queries regarding the Photovoltaics specialisation please contact Associate Professor Ian Forbes. For general inquiries please contact EUREC.

Prof. Ian Forbes: Course Director
Tel.: +44 191 227 45 95
Fax: +44 191 227 35 98

Postal Address:
Northumbria Photovoltaics Application Centre
University of Northumbria
Ellison Place
Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 8ST United Kingdom

Northumbria University Website:

Students who choose the PV specialisation must comply with Northumbria University English requirements: IELTS 6.0 (minimum score of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent; or TOEFL IBT: overall 79 (with minimum Reading 18, Writing 17, Listening 17, Speaking 20). The English qualification needs to be no more than 2 years old when being accepted on the specialisation