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Photovoltaics@CSIRO: Scope and Capability of our Organic Solar Cell R&D, Fabrication and Standardisation

Dr Gregory J. Wilson

CSIRO Energy Technology


2:30 pm Thursday, 25 October 2012, EN203 Lecture Theatre (EN Building), Hawthorn.

In Australia, CSIRO is at the forefront of the Energy Revolution assisting economists, technologists, industry and policy makers to target reduced CO2 emissions (over those in 2000) of 25% by 2020 and 70% by 2050. The challenge is how to grow our energy generation without carbon intensive emission sources, where the effective use of renewable energy is a logical key component. A distinct advantage of organic solar cells – OSCs – (both OPV and DSC) is the low-embodied energy in their manufacture, which has been demonstrated at a pilot-scale by leading industry partners in recent years. In addition to the technology improvements being addressed, determination of the annual energy yield (AEY) and levelised cost of energy (LCoE) as a function of insolation angle, spectral red-shift and real operating temperatures are important to allow a realistic evaluation of respective PV technologies and application. This presentation will introduce the capability and work programs underway at CSIRO in OSCs, highlighted with examples of our research in design/synthesis of novel high extinction light absorbers, device/module fabrication and performance and the scope of our PV performance laboratories as we progress towards ISO standardisation.

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