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Compound Semiconductor Solar Energy Systems Consultation
Thu 23 March 2017, 09:30 – 15:30 GMT
The objective of this one-day workshop is to explore the challenges and opportunities compound semiconductor photovoltaic materials and systems by bringing together practitioners and researchers in art to identify areas for potential collaboration with the recently established Compound Semiconductors Applications Catapult.
Compound semiconductors have consistently shown much greater conversion efficiencies compared with silicon based systems albeit at significantly higher costs. The development of multi-junction cells and combination cells with diverse materials has provided even greater choice of technology. II-VI compounds such as CdTe have resulted in the lowest cost thin film polycrystalline modules.
The workshop will consist of short talks from compound semiconductor solar systems users and developers followed by an open workshop to define the current challenges and potential solutions including those originating from different sectors.
10:30 Welcome and Introduction
Mike Walls/Paul Huggett
10:45 Introduction to Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult
11:00 Keynote 1: Markets and Opportunities for Compound Semiconductors in Solar Energy Applications
Andy Johnson, IQE
11:30 Keynote 2: ‘Solar Power Conversion Efficiency Above 40% : Short and Long Term Options’
Ned Ekins-Daukes, Imperial College
12:00 Workshop: Challenges
12:30 Lunch and Networking
13:30 Workshop: Opportunities and Solutions
14:00 Keynote 3 (Industrial)
Mark Spratt, SPECIFIC
14:30 Keynote 4: ‘Recent progress with CIGS photovoltaics’
Jake Bowers, Loughborough University
15:00 Panel Session
15:30 Close - opportunity for further networking over tea/coffee