UNSW School of Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering
Cost Analysis of Current PV Production and Strategy for Future Silicon PV Modules
Pierre Verlinden - Trina Solar

Pierre Verlinden, at UNSW SPREE, 22 January 2014

Pierre Verlinden (110Min)

Trina Solar

Pierre Verlinden seminar at UNSW SPREE


Brief outline of the talk:

The "Great Price Decline" of PV is over. The recovery for the PV industry will take time. Between 2008 and 2012, the average sales price of PV modules has decreased by about 82%, while the actual manufacturing cost has decreased by about 70%, mostly driven by Silicon feedstock price. Non-Silicon cost has dropped by only 48%, which is more or less in line with the theoretical learning curve model. The paper presents a detailed study of the manufacturing cost reduction between 2008 and 2012. The paper also presents the challenges facing the PV industry to achieve sustainability and its opportunities in a renewed PV market.

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Brief Bio

Pierre J. Verlinden is Vice-President and Chief Scientist at Trina Solar since 2012. Dr. Verlinden holds a Ph.D. and a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. He has been working in the field of photovoltaics for 35 years and has published over 90 technical papers and contributed to a number of books. He holds 10 patents. Before joining Trina Solar, Dr. Verlinden founded AMROCK in Australia and served from 2005 to 2012 as Managing Director and Chief Scientist. From 2005 till 2009, Dr. Verlinden also worked as Principal Scientist at Solar Systems, Melbourne, developing dense array modules for CPV applications. Earlier in his career, he was Manager PV Technology and Operations at Origin Energy Solar; and worked for 11 years at SunPower Corporation, holding various positions including Director of Research & Development.