Simulation software specialist Silvaco has won a competitive bid to supply its ATLAS device simulator technology to the Japanese funded FUTURE-PV project.
The company said the technology wuold be used by researchers at the Konagai and Miyajima Laboratory in the Tokyo Institute of Technology for supporting simulation experiments into silicon nanowire solar cells, especially in the field of understanding of quantum effects for future optimised solar cell structures.
Shinsuke Miyajima, Associate Professor of Konagai and Miyajima Lab, said: “ATLAS includes many functions required for silicon nanowire solar cell simulations, especially in the field of quantum effects. Modeling these quantum effects is critical for the development of advanced technology devices such as silicon nanowires. We are confident that ATLAS will help speed up our development programme.”
The work at the Fukushima Top-level United Center for Renewable Energy Research PhotoVoltaics Innovation (FUTURE-PV) project has been supported by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).
The ATLAS software provides 2D and 3D electrical, optical and thermal physical modelling.