Keeping Australia at the forefront of
Solar Energy Research and Development

The Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP) is developing the next generations of photovoltaic technology, providing a pipeline of opportunities for performance increase and cost reduction. Headquartered at UNSW’s School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, the Centre includes research groups at CSIRO, Australian National University, University of Melbourne, University of Queensland and Monash University. International links: NSF/DOE Energy Research Center for Quantum Energy and Sustainable Technologies (QESST), based at Arizona State University, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, The Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories, Stanford University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Green Energy Institute (Korea).

The Centre's collaborating industry participants are: Wuxi Suntech Power Co, Ltd., BT Imaging Pty Ltd., Trina Solar Ltd., Bluescope Steel Ltd., PV Lighthouse Pty Ltd., Raygen Resources Pty Ltd., and Tindo Solar.

These national and international research collaborations provide a pathway for highly visible, structured photovoltaic research collaboration between Australian and international researchers, research institutes and agencies, with significant joint programs based on the clear synergies between participating bodies.

The Centre is significantly accelerating photovoltaic development beyond that achievable by the institutions acting individually, leveraging past and current funding.

This Program is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). The Australian Government, through ARENA, is supporting Australian research and development in solar photovoltaic and solar thermal technologies to help solar power become cost competitive with other energy sources. The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Australian Government, and the Australian Government does not accept responsibility for any information or advice contained herein.

Director's presentation at the First ACAP Conference, November 2013

Director's presentation at the Second ACAP Conference, December 2014

Presentations at the Second ACAP Conference, December 2015

ACAP encourages collaboration with new and existing partners. If interested, please contact one of the node directors in your technical area.

ACAP is a member of the Australian Photovoltaics Institute (APVI) and the International Solar Energy Society (ISES).