Monday, October 31, 2011

The Future Makers: Concentrated Solar Power and Energy Storage

"One hour of sunlight could provide enough power for the world's industrial energy needs for one year... The research group here at the University of NSW started in the mid-70's and by the end of the 70's we'd established a bit of a reputation because we could make solar cells that had very high voltage output. Our group sort of shot to international attention because we were doing very much better than anyone else on this one parameter." Professor Martin Green

"I think that in the future as the price of both thin film and standard screen printed solar cells comes down, we're going to see them being integrated everywhere. People will all of a sudden realise that its absolutely ridiculous to build buildings without using photovoltaics on your windows, or on your roof" Nicole Kuepper, PhD Student UNSW and Eureka Prize Winner

It took me 2 and a half years to finish my PhD. I remember very clearly, it was about 5 o'clock in the afternoon, I took my sample...and the first time I succeeded in growing continuous poly crystalline silicon thin film on glass, I was so excited. At that moment, I said "I got my PhD degree."
Unfortunately there was nobody there to share the happiness with me, but that was one of the many moments I experienced with excitement at the University of NSW. Its very important to share collaboration of new ideas, and allow the commercialisation of those new ideas." Dr Zhengrong Shi

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