Symposium 15: Photovoltaics, Solar Energy Materials, and Technologies

Photovoltaics is one of the green energy technologies with projected capabilities for TW production. The current photovoltaic manufacture is dominated by the bulk wafer technologies based on monocrystalline and semicrystalline silicon cells; silicon-based solar cells may continue to contribute significantly to the growing PV market with the easing of the polysilicon supply. However, development of new materials, low-cost thin-film technologies, and device-fabrication processes are key in the advancement of this fast-growing high-tech industry. The concentrated solar power is also poised to make a significant contribution. This symposium will give an opportunity to engineers, professors, scientists, investors, and students to interact on the key issues that will shape the growth of the solar energy technologies. The symposium will include invited talks, contributed presentations, and poster sessions.

Selected and peer-reviewed papers from this symposium will be included in a special issue of the journal, Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells. Further information is available at:

Session topics include (but will not be limited to):

• Thin-film solar cells and materials
• Nanomaterials for photovoltaics
• Polymers in photovoltaics
• Photoelectrochemical applications of thin-film materials
• Material characterization
• Optoelectronic studies of devices and films
• Technologies for large-scale manufacture of thin-film devices
• Effect of scale-up on cell and module efficiencies
• Bulk wafer-based technologies
• PV modules encapsulation
• Concentrated solar power -thermal and photovoltaics
• Economics of manufacture and deployment

A tutorial on Photovoltaics and Solar Energy Materials is planned. Further information will be included in the IMRC 2010 Program.

Invited speakers (tentative) include:

Alvin Compaan (Univ. of Toledo, USA), Clemens Heske (Univ. of Nevada - Las Vegas), Hironori Katagiri (Nagaoka National College of Technology, Japan), Michael McGehee (Stanford Univ., USA), David S. Ginley (NREL, USA).

Symposium Organizers

Xavier Mathew
UNAM, Centro de Investigación en Energía, Temixco,
Morelos 62580, México
Phone: 52-55-562-29720, Fax: 52-777-325-0018

Gerardo Contreras Puente
Escuela Superior de Fisica y Matematicas, IPN, UPALM,
Col. Lindavista 07738, Del. Gustavo A Madero, D.F., Mexico
Phone: 52-55-5729-6000 x-55188, Fax 52-55-5586-2957
Neelkanth G. Dhere
University of Central Florida, Florida Solar Energy Center,
1679 Clearlake Rd., Cocoa, FL 32922-5703 USA
Phone: 321-638-1442, Fax: 321-638-1010,

Eric L. Miller
Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, 1680 East West Rd.,
Post 109, Honolulu, HI 96822 USA
Phone: 808-956-5337, Fax: 808-956-2336,

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