Solar Energy Research: Past, Present and Future

Date & time

7.30–9am 16 April 2014


Leonard Huxley Lecture Theatre, Leonard Huxley Building [56], Mills Road, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200


Dr Greg Wilson, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, US


 Adhityani Putri
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Recording available: NREL Director Greg Wilson reviewed the history and prospects of solar PV as a source of zero-carbon energy. 

Please find the recording to the lecture here.

For 37 years the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the United States has looked into the science and engineering of solar photovoltaics (PV). The PV program at NREL began with the formation of SERI (Solar Energy Research Institute) in Golden, Colorado back in 1977.  SERI eventually became NREL and NREL’s PV program was later organized as the National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV) in 1996. 

PV moved well beyond the domain of academic and national lab researchers more than 10 years ago when commercial PV entered the market.  The community today is an international mix of business leaders, engineers, researchers and policy makers all focused on moving PV forward as a major source of zero-carbon energy. 

This talk will review the history of PV research at NREL, the changes the program has gone through in the past 37 years, as well as explore the directions in which the research needs to go to establish PV as a major source of zero-carbon energy that the world so badly needs.

UPDATE: The ACT Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Mr Simon Corbell is confirmed to open the public lecture. 

About the Speaker

Greg Wilson is the Director of the National Center for Photovoltaics at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado.  Prior to joining NREL in 2011, he was responsible for solar materials technology evaluations related to acquisition and equity investment opportunities in his role as Director of Corporate Business Development at MEMC (now SunEdison).  Over Greg’s 16 year career at MEMC he also held a number of semiconductor research and development positions including Director of Layer Transfer R&D, Director of New Materials R&D and Director of Epitaxial Silicon R&D. Greg holds a D.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Washington University.

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