UNSW School of Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering
The Role Solar Energy will play in our Energy Future: Lee Kong Chain Distinguished Professor Public Lecture
Martin Green - at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Nanyang Technological University

Martin Green, at UNSW SPREE, 10 January 2024

Martin Green (65Min)

at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Nanyang Technological University

Martin Green speaks at the Nanyang Technological University


Republished with permission from the Institute of the Institute of Advanced Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore: https://www.youtube.com/@IASInstituteofAdvancedStudies

IAS NTU Lee Kong Chian Distinguished Professor Public Lecture by Prof Green Martin, Millennium Technology Prize 2022; University of New South Wales.

Over the last decade, the cost of converting solar energy into electricity using solar cells has dropped very dramatically with such solar photovoltaics providing “now the cheapest source of electricity in most countries” and “now offering some of the lowest cost electricity ever seen”, according to the International Energy Agency. However, improvements are in the pipeline that some commentators believe may lead to an era of “insanely cheap” solar power, within the coming decade. The talk described the developments leading to these cost reductions as well as the pending improvements that will allow solar to reach even lower costs over the remainder of this decade. The implications for how the world’s future energy is supplied was also discussed.

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Brief Bio

Martin Green is Scientia Professor at the University of New South Wales, Sydney and Director of the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics, involving several other Australian Universities and research groups. His group's contributions to photovoltaics are well known and include holding the record for silicon solar cell efficiency for 30 of the last 35 years, described as one of the “Top Ten” Milestones in the history of solar photovoltaics.

Some of Professor Martin Green's Awards

2023 Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy
2023 VinFuture Grand Prize in Hanoi for his transformational work in solar energy
2022 Millennium Technology Prize
2021 Japan Prize
2018 The Global Energy Prize for research, development and educational activities in the field of photovoltaics that have revolutionized the efficiency and costs of solar photovoltaics, making this now the lowest cost option for bulk electricity supply
2018 Celebrated Members of IEEE Electron Devices Society
2016 Ian Wark Medal and Lecture
2015 James Cook Medal of the Royal Society of New South Wales
2013 Fellow of the Royal Society of London
2012 Member of the Order of Australia 'for service to science education as an academic and researcher, particularly through the development of photovoltaic solar cell technology, and to professional associations.'
2009 Zayed Future Energy Prize finalist, recognised at the award ceremony for his ground breaking research in photovoltaic (PV) technology that will result in increased efficiencies, bringing solar energy closer to grid parity.
2008 Winner, 2008 Scientist of the Year Award
2006 Finalist, European Inventor of the Year (together with Stuart Wenham)
2003 Karl Böer Solar Energy Medal of Merit Award from the University of Delaware
2002 Right Livelihood Award for 'his dedication and outstanding success in the harnessing of solar energy, the key technological challenge of our age.''
2000 Millennium Award from the World Renewable Congress
2000 Medal of Engineering Excellence for Distinguished Achievement in the Service of Humanity from the World Engineering Federation (Hannover, 2000), 2000 Gold Medal from the Spanish Engineering Academy
1999 Australia Prize
1995 IEEE Ebers Award
1992 CSIRO External Medal
1990 IEEE Cherry Award
1988 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Energy Research[citation needed
1982 Pawsey Medal (Australian Academy)