IEEE Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Society
Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 5:30 PM
Seminar: Present and Future of Photovoltaics
Dr. Stuart Bowden
Director of Solar Power Laboratory
School of Electrical, Computing and Energy Engineering
Arizona State University
The photovoltaic industry has grown at over 30% per annum for the last two decades with present sales of $100 billion per year. As a quantum energy converter, photovoltaics has the potential to revolutionize electricity production in much the same way that solid state physics has changed industries from computing and lighting. The presentation will discuss the present state of the photovoltaic industry and why crystalline silicon continues to be the dominant technology in solar cell production. This presentation will cover all aspects of production in crystalline silicon from the present and into the future. We will delve into device physics of silicon solar cells and how the limitations in present devices can be overcome for both higher efficiency and higher throughput. The various aspects of production will also be covered: from crystallization to wafering, through cell production and finishing with module design and testing.