UNSW School of Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering
Emergence of Perovskite Solar Cells
Professor Martin A. Green - UNSW SPREE ACAP

Professor Martin A. Green, at UNSW SPREE, 10 July 2014

Professor Martin A. Green (1Hr04Min)


Professor Martin A. Green speaking at UNSW on Perovskite Solar Cells


The past two years has seen the uniquely rapid emergence of a new class of solar cell based on mixed organic-inorganic halide perovskites. Although the first efficient solid-state perovskite cells were reported only in mid-2012, progress was extremely rapid during 2013 with energy conversion efficiency reaching a confirmed 16.2% at year-end, increasing to a confirmed 17.9% efficiency in early-2014, with unconfirmed values as high as 19.3% claimed. Moreover, a broad range of different fabrication approaches and device concepts is represented amongst the highest performing devices with this diversity suggesting performance is still far from fully optimised. This report briefly outlines notable achievements to date, describes the unique attributes of these perovskites leading to their rapid emergence and discusses the challenges facing the successful development and commercialisation of perovskite solar cells.

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Brief Bio

Professor Martin A. Green, AM, FAA, FTSE, FIEEE, FRS

is the author of six books, twenty-one book chapters and over three hundred research papers in photovoltaics. He is currently the director of the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

Some of Professor Green's Awards:
*1982 Pawsey Medal (Australian Academy)
*1988 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Energy Research
*1990 IEEE Cherry Award
*1992 CSIRO External Medal
*1995 IEEE Ebers Award
*1999 Australia Prize
*2000 Gold Medal from the Spanish Engineering Academy
*2000 Medal of Engineering Excellence for Distinguished Achievement in the Service of Humanity from the World Engineering Federation (Hannover, 2000)
*2000 Millennium Award from the World Renewable Congress
*2002 Right Livelihood Award
*2003 Karl Böer Solar Energy Medal of Merit Award from the University of Delaware
*2006 Finalist, European Inventor of the Year (together with Stuart Wenham)
*2008 Winner, 2008 Scientist of the Year Award
*2009 Zayed Future Energy Prize finalist, recognized 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.
*2013 Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS) of London