Professor Andrew Blakers is the Foundation Director of the Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems at the Australian National University. He was a Humboldt Fellow and has held Australian Research Council QEII and Senior Research Fellowships. He was appointed to the academic staff of the University in 1991 and reached the rank of Professor in 1999. We are a group of 60 staff & research students working on basic and applied solar photovoltaic and thermal energy conversion (http://sun.anu.edu.au). He is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering, the Institute of Energy and the Institute of Physics, and is a life member of the International Solar Energy Society and the Australian Conservation Foundation. He has published approximately 200 papers and patents. His research interests are in the areas of photovoltaic and solar energy systems; particularly advanced thin film silicon solar cell technology and solar concentrator solar cells, components and systems. He also has interest in sustainable energy policy. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the Project Evaluation Panel for the Clean Energy Research Program of Singapore and the International Advisory Panel, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore. External funds accruing to ANU in relation to projects of Professor Blakers (as Chief Investigator) since his arrival at ANU in 1991 is $98 million (current dollars)
Solar energy, semiconductors, photovoltaics, silicon solar cells, urban concentrators, Energy policy & economics. Pumped hydro energy storage. For further information, please visit http://sun.anu.edu.au
My primary interest is advanced silicon solar cells - increasing efficiency and reducing cost. Silicon photovoltaic technology constitutes above 80% of the worldwide solar market.
Our research group is large, externally funded, experimentally-intensive, commercially-responsive, interdisciplinary, outreach-active, policy-engaged, physics/materials-based.
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