Light, Energy and the Environment Congress

Date & time

1pm 1 December – 1pm 4 December 2014


Australian National University

The ECI is proud to host the OSA "Light, Energy and the Environment Congress" on optical technologies for use in energy and the environment. 

This comprehensive Congress, organised by the Optical Society (OSA), examines the frontiers in the development of optical technologies for energy production, transport, and use. It also examines the use of optical and photonic approaches to monitor energy usage and the effects energy production has on the environment. It is designed to bring together researchers, engineers, and managers and foster timely information exchange between several of the disciplines involved in energy production usage, cost and environmental and efficiency management.

PLENARY SPEAKER: Steven Chu, Stanford University, USA


  • James G. Anderson, Harvard University, USA (E2)
  • Martin Green, Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics, University of New South Wales, Australia (PV)
  • Toshihiko Iwasaki, Konica Minolta, Japan (SOLED)
  • Roland Winston, University of California Merced, USA (SOLAR)


The conference comprises four topical meetings: 

Optical Nanostructures and Advanced Materials for Photovoltaics (PV)

PV brings together experts in nanophotonics, materials science and photovoltaics to discuss the latest developments in nanophotonic enhancement and nanostructured materials for the next generation of solar cells. Nanostructured materials and photonic enhancement schemes offer unprecedented opportunities to control both the optical and electrical properties of next-generation solar cells. This meeting covers all aspects of optical nanostructures for photovoltaic applications, from surface textures and diffraction gratings through to emerging topics such as plasmonic enhancement, nanowires, quantum dots, novel materials and spec- tral flux management in multi-junction solar cells.

Optics and Photonics for Energy & the Environment (E2)

E2 focuses on monitoring and controlling the generation of energy and its impact on the environment. The conference will showcase optical techniques and instrumentation used in monitoring, sensing and transmitting information relating to energy and the environment. It will bring together people from industry, university and government to address environmental impacts of energy production and policies to guide its management. Special emphasis will be on sensor devices for energy, environment and pollution monitoring, energy usage and trans- mission (including smart grid technology) and energy efficiency in industry.

Optics for Solar Energy (SOLAR)

SOLAR focuses on optics for solar energy applications including design, modeling, integration of novel materials, manufacture, field-testing and deployment, and economics. All forms of solar energy generation, transmission and storage – from thermal to photovoltaic to novel methods – will be covered. The program will highlight presentations spanning technology, public policy and finance.

Solid-State and Organic Lighting (SOLED)

SOLED focuses on new materials (both organic and inorganic) and new devices for lighting, their manufacture and lighting policy. The conference will showcase the latest inorganic and organic materials developed for solid-state lighting, novel lighting structures, theory and modelling, and manufacturing and lighting issues. It aims to bring together people from along the research, development and manufacturing pipeline with presentations from industry and academia. 


Important Dates

Abstract and Summary Submission 3 September 2014 12:00 EDT
Advanced Registration 4 November 2014

More information on this event are available here.



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