Head of London Centre for Energy Engineering
School/Division:Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Prof. Hari Upadhyaya joined London South Bank University in 2018 as Head of London Centre for Energy Engineering at the school of Engineering. Prior to a Chair in Solar Energy position in 2014 at Brunel University, he was Deputy Director of the Institute of Mechanical Process and Energy Engineering and Head of Energy Engineering Division at Heriot-Watt University (2011-14). Prof. Upadhyaya was instrumental in establishing the world class PV laboratory at CREST, Loughborough University (2005-2011), where he led the Thin Film and Excitonic Solar Cell group.
With a first in BSc (Hons) and MSc in Physics (Electronics major) and a PhD from BHU, Varanasi (India), he is an expert in thin-film deposition using vacuum and non-vacuum based techniques towards photovoltaic device processing research and characterization; and pioneered the research in semiconducting junction memory devices (MEMRISTER) during doctoral and post-doctoral program before starting his academic career as Lecturer/ Sr. Lecturer from 1996 -2003 at NERIST, Itanagar, India. His research experience spans over 30 years in Renewable Energy involving activities on Transparent Conducting Oxides (TCOs), Dye-sensitized Solar Cell (DSC), Perovskite solar cells, CdTe and CIGS thin film solar cell technologies. Besides, he had also carried out DST (India) sponsored projects on Na- rechargeable batteries and supercapacitors using conducting polymers. His recent activities on Laser Lights and Diesel Particle Filter (US patent pending) links his efforts directly in C-emission reduction in the transport sector, with an established relationship with Tata motors.
Prof. Upadhyaya came to the UK as academic visitor from India through a prestigious INSA- Royal Society Fellowship to work at Imperial College (2002-05) with Prof. James Durrant, where he established himself quickly as an expert in flexible Dye-sensitized Solar Cells. In collaboration with Prof. Michael Gratzel, the inventor of the DSC technology (EPFL, Switzerland) and Prof. Ayodhya Tiwari (EMPA, Switzerland) he had established over ~15% efficient record Dye/CIGS Tandem Solar Cells in 2006, which was highest for thin film based tandem solar cells at that time. With a reputation in innovation, Prof. Upadhyaya had been involved in managing several Innovate UK/TSB and EPSRC sponsored programs such as Excitonic Supergen consortium involving top Universities in UK, and the flagship EPSRC-DST funded APEX project between India and UK worth £5 Million, which was extended to APEX-II with additional £3M, as coordinator from UK, which involved top UK and Indian Institutions. The success of this bilateral (Indo-UK) program has earned him the first ‘Newton Prize’ supported by BEIS and formed the basis of winning the GCRF sponsored SUNRISE program worth ~£7M led by Swansea University, where he is one of the Co-investigators. Prof. Upadhyaya has established strong links with industries in the UK and abroad viz. Solaronix SA, Scientific Vacuum Systems,, NSG-Pilkington, BIPVCo, G-24 Power, DuPont Teijin Films, Johnson Matthey, BHEL, Tata steel, Moserbaer, Power on Demand, Milman, etc.
Module leader for Advanced Power Electronics and Renewable Energy Systems