A Free Lecture On Solar Energy Technology.
If you are reading this article, I have to assume that you realize the importance of solar energy. Not to be melodramatic but our very existence on this planet most likely hinge on our ability to switch from fossil fuels to renewables.
Maybe it will be you, that brings the discovery to the world that will make solar electricity accessible and affordable to everyone on the planet. New research is being announced, it seems like everyday for new materials and processes for solar pv panels.
Combined with efficient solar electricity generation we need also to develop cost effective ways to store it.
For the last 60 years scientist and engineers have been striving to make electronic devices which convert sunlight directly into usable electricity. These solar photovoltaic cells are now so efficient that over the last 10 years, the cost of producing electricity from sunlight is now cheaper in some places in the world than the production of electricity from coal fired power stations.
We are now therefore at a tipping point, where increased future power generation capacity will be dominated by photovoltaics, due to economics rather than environmental concerns.
Solar cells, panels and arrays need to continue to drop in price and increase in efficiency. In fact they are related.
This lecture will explore key discoveries and advancements of a new family of photovoltaic materials that have emerged over the last few years and promise to deliver the next generation of more efficient and cheaper photovoltaic cells.