Public Lecture by Dr Greg Wilson, NREL

NREL Director Greg Wilson will cast a light into the history of solar PV as a source of zero-carbon energy, as well as explore its future prospects.

For 37 years the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the United States has looked into the science and engineering of solar photovoltaics (PV). The PV program at NREL began with the formation of SERI (Solar Energy Research Institute) in Golden, Colorado back in 1977. SERI eventually became NREL and NREL’s PV program was later organized as the National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV) in 1996.

PV moved well beyond the domain of academic and national lab researchers more than 10 years ago when commercial PV entered the market. The community today is an international mix of business leaders, engineers, researchers and policy makers all focused on moving PV forward as a major source of zero-carbon energy.

This talk will review the history of PV research at NREL, the changes the program has gone through in the past 37 years, as well as explore the directions in which the research needs to go to establish PV as a major source of zero-carbon energy that the world so badly needs.

Leonard Huxley Theatre
Australian National University