UNSW School of Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering
Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics
Recent trends in photovoltaics
Martin Green - UNSW SPREE and The Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics

Martin Green, at UNSW SPREE, 25 March 2021

Martin Green (60Min)

UNSW SPREE and The Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics

Professor Martin Green UNSW SPREE and ACAP


In his seminar 'Recent trends in photovoltaics', Professor Martin Green describes the PV industries' recent history, the current state of PV technology and has projections for the near and far future of the industry. He also proposes that solar power can power the world!

Part 1: “Big picture” developments
• Module cost history

Part 2: PERC takes over the industry
• UNSW PERC rules!
• PERC offers new functionalities: Cheap bifacial cells!
• PERC: Cheap bifacial cells! Half-cut cells, shingling and tiling
• Solar Panel Size Vs Power Output

Part 3: What comes after PERC?
• Contending technologies
• Shift to n-type wafers?

Part 4: What comes after PERC? (long term)
• What then? – the end for silicon?

Part 5: Can solar power the world?
• Recent studies suggest so!
• Source of global CO2 emissions
• High Efficiency Silicon Solar Cells - To become “insanely cheap”!
• 10c/Watt (US$) modules within the next few years
• Solar to play a major role in mitigating global warming.

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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.

Major international awards include:

2021 Japan Prize in the category of “Resources, Energy, the Environment, and Social Infrastructure”, in recognition of the more than four decades of research undertaken at UNSW, that developed technologies now ubiquitous in most commercially available solar panels.

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

2015 James Cook Medal of the Royal Society of New South Wales

2013 Fellow of the Royal Society of London

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 Boer 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

1982 Pawsey Medal (Australian Academy)