UNSW School of Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering
Talking Solar @ Wylie’s
Thorsten Trupke - UNSW SPREE

Thorsten Trupke, at UNSW SPREE, 1 March 2024

Thorsten Trupke (81Min)


Thorsten Trupke speaks at Wilie's Baths, Coogee, NSW

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The past, present and future of solar energy will be reviewed by regular Wylie's Baths swimmer Thorsten Trupke from the UNSW School for Photovoltaic and Renewable Engineering, in a 45-minute presentation followed by Q&A.

The solar system that was installed at Wylie's Baths in 2021, with financial support from Randwick Council, is part of a global transition away from fossil -fuels towards renewable energy sources. The past, present and future of solar energy will be reviewed, with emphasis on recent incredible price reductions and capacity expansions, now making Solar energy the cheapest form of electricity in most parts of the world, including Australia. The anticipated massive growth of solar energy will be discussed, with a glimpse into a future, in which up to 50% of all global primary energy will be provided by solar cells.

Details of the PV system at Wylie's Baths, including its performance and associated cost savings will be discussed, demonstrating that using solar is now an economic 'no-brainer'.

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Brief Bio

Thorsten Trupke is a Professor at the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering at UNSW, where he leads a research team of approximately 15 staff, students and postdoctoral fellows. He is also co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of BT imaging, Sydney based technology company providing photoluminescence imaging systems to the Photovoltaic R&D community and to PV manufacturers.

Thorsten is most well-known for the invention and first demonstration of photoluminescence imaging and various associated analysis methods, which have truly revolutionized the measurement and characterization of silicon samples and devices in PV research and development worldwide. His widely published work has been recognized by numerous awards, including the 2019 Clunies Ross Award by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. He was also recently announced as the recipient of the very prestigious 2021 IEEE William R Cherry Award.