UNSW School of Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering
Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics
How Cheap Can Solar Photovoltaics Become?
Martin Green - UNSW SPREE and The Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics

Martin Green, at UNSW SPREE, 18 December 2020

Martin Green (15Min)

UNSW SPREE and The Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics

Professor Martin Green UNSW SPREE and ACAP


According to the International Energy Agency, photovoltaics over the last few years had dropped in cost so much that it now provides the cheapest form of electricity in most countries.

The question is, how much lower can the price drop?

Professor Martin Green of the UNSW School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, and, The Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics, addresses this question. The answer is, the price of Photovoltaics modules and the Balance of System components can still drop. In this seminar, Professor Green shows the degree as well as the mechanisms behind these prior and emerging cost reductions.

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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 34 years, described as one of the “Top Ten” Milestones in the history of solar photovoltaics.

Major international awards include:

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)