Prof. Pearsall is in the Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering at Northumbria University, where she is a professor of renewable energy specializing in photovoltaics. She teaches at undergraduate and post graduate level on energy topics, including photovoltaic system technology. Outside the University, she has worked extensively with the EUREC Agency, the European Photovoltaic Technology Platform and the Solar Europe Industry Initiative on the development of photovoltaic research within Europe.
Prof. Pearsall leads the Northumbria Phovoltaics Applications Group, which conducts research in thin film solar cell development and PV systems. She has over 25 years of research experience in this field, including PV system design, analysis of PV system performance and assessment of environmental impact. She also engages in collaborative work on the impact of renewable energy on the electricity grid and within the built environment.
Within the STAPP project, she leads the Northumbria team in studies related to the assessment of the potential of photovoltaics within the UK and India. This encompasses not only the technical potential, incorporating aspects such as the solar resource, the environmental conditions and operation and maintenance procedures, but also the economic potential, both with and without subsidy. The team is also considering these aspects in relation to the interaction with the grid and the ways in which the potential can be expressed such that it is straightforward for decision makers to use the information.