Solar energy research at ANU commenced 40 years ago, with the aim of increasing the uptake of environmentally benign solar energy solutions. The Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSES) in the Research School of Engineering was established by University Council in 1997, and undertakes work in the areas of photovoltaic and solar thermal energy conversion. Its activities span the range from basic R&D through to commercialisation.
CSES is an internationally recognised solar research centre. Our scientists and research students enjoy access to sophisticated laboratories, housing state-of-the-art processing equipment in a well serviced clean-room environment, together with specialised characterisation tools, accelerated lifetime equipment, solar thermal research facilities and outdoors testing facilities.
The activities of our 50 research staff and students are supported by 30 research and funding partners. CSES has 20 research projects with a combined value exceeding $30M. ANU is one of three core members of the $150 million Australian Solar Institute. Within ANU, the CSES closely collaborates with the Energy Change Institute, providing a framework for teaching, research and outreach activities in the field of energy across the University.
Research areas include:
- Silicon Materials
- Silicon Surface Passivation
- Silicon Solar Cells
- Nanostructures for Photovoltaics
- Micro solar power sources for mobile applications
- Solar concentrator systems for production of solar heat and electricity
Several CSES solar technologies are moving towards commercialisation including SLIVER solar cells and photovoltaic/thermal micro concentrators.