CECS staff and academics are invited to a lunchtime seminar to hear from Professor Andres Cuevas, and more importantly celebrate his recent prestigious Becquerel Prize.
The Great Adventure of Photovoltaics
The development of this beautiful technology that we call Photovoltaics has been, and still is, a great adventure. Scientific and technological progress in the last 40 years have been impressive. In parallel, the expansion of the PV industry has brought the cost of PV electricity to a level that was unthinkable only a decade ago. Solar Photovoltaic Energy will soon become one of the cheapest and most important sources of electricity in the world. But there is still much to do, both in basic research and industry, to improve the performance of solar cells and bring the costs further down. In this talk we will revise the physics of solar cell operation and describe how to extend the life expectancy of electrons and holes and separately transport them towards an external circuit. We will describe different approaches, from the traditional to the latest, to make efficient solar cells using silicon wafers, and present the most recent developments in the field.
Andres Cuevas (Fellow IEEE) is a Professor at the Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering of The Australian National University. His contributions to the scientific and technological development of silicon solar cells since 1976 are described in nearly 400 publications, and have been recognised in 2015 with the Becquerel Prize for outstanding merits in Photovoltaics. His current research interests include the development of advanced interfaces and materials for a new generation of silicon solar cells.