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School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering

School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering

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School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering

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  1. School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering Photovoltaics Education and Research and Commercialisation at UNSW R. Corkish, Head of School r.corkish@unsw.edu.au www.pv.unsw.edu.au

  2. UNSW at a Glance • Established 1949 • Member Universitas 21, Group of Eight • Distinctive: only Australian university established with specific scientific and technological focus • Large and highly regarded Engineering and Business faculties • Defined internationally recognised research strengths focusing on contemporary and social issues in professional and scientific fields • Applied research and strong industry connections • Cosmopolitan and International: • Australian students from diverse backgrounds, many first in family to university • 1st Australian University enrolling International Students since 1951, now from > 120 countries; 20-25% International • #52 QS Rankings (5 Stars); • #132 ARWU Rankings (20130 • #85 Times Higher Education Rankings (2012-13) • #81-90 Times Higher Education global reputation rankings (2013)

  3. Leading and largest Australian centre for engineering studies and research in ARWU ranking: 52-75 for Engineering (#1 in Australia) QS world ranking: #46 in EE; #46 in Mech; #17 in Civ; #23 in Chem; #40 in CompSci Budget approx. $134m 691 staff in 2013, including 424 academic staff (247 teaching and research, and 177 research only) 267 professional and technical staff 9759 students in 2013, including 4762 local & 2099 international undergraduate 902 local & 1116 international postgraduate coursework 426 local and 454 international research 9 Schools Faculty Profile: http://www.eng.unsw.edu.au/system/files/publications/faculty_of_engineering_2013_profile.pdf Faculty of Engineering

  4. Reference: "World in Transition: Turning Energy Systems Towards Sustainability (Summary for Policy Makers)," German Advisory Council on Global Change, Berlin 2003. www.wbgu.de Context: The exemplary path until 2050/ 2100

  5. Context: Photovoltaics Growth By region of use (Source:Solarbuzz) By region of manufacture (Source: Photon Int.; GTM Research)

  6. Australian module and system prices (courtesy of M. Watt, Australian Photovoltaics Association)

  7. PV production in 2012 • Down from 2011 due to GFC and oversupply • Asia dominating cell (95%) and module production (86%) • Mainland China produced 63% of world cell and 64% of module supply • Production grew 5% in China but declined 12% in RoW

  8. School History PV research within UNSW Electrical Eng. 1974 – 1998 Separate Centre 1999 – 2005 Pioneering UG photovoltaics engineering program 2000 PG coursework program 2001 Second UG program 2003 New School declared 2006

  9. 23 former UNSW students and staff in technology leadership positions at major manufacturers, includingYingli Solar*, Trina Solar, JA Solar, LDK Solar*, Jinko Solar*, Suntech*, Hanwha SolarOne, China Sunergy. Major Collaborations • BEng (2+2) partnerships • Nankai University • Sun Yat-Sen University • Tianjin University • Zhejiang University • Nanchang University • Beijing Jiao Tong University • South China University of Technology • Several Asian PV manufacturers • R&D collaborations and Intellectual property licenses • Several former Centre members in key technical positions in major manufacturers • ARC Linkage Projects with Suntech, Guodian and Tianwei • QESST, based at Arizona State University • US National Renewable Energy Laboratories • Colorado School of Mines

  10. STAR - Solar Teaching And Research (proposed) New site for industrial scale PV research tools (proposed National Facility) • Sydney Olympic Park • STAR basic- tools and services for a silicon wafer solar cell manufacturing line, plus existing tools for approved research projects, • STAR Independent – acquisition of tools from partners to provide full ownership and control over the STAR toolset, • STAR Complete – includes module lay-up, lamination and framing as well as full characterisation, measurement and environmental testing capabilities, site and building

  11. Australian PV Market Australian grid connected market continues to grow strongly Grid parity in many areas Opportunities for commercial and domestic roof PV leasing World-leading R&D and IP World-leading education

  12. Thanks for your attention! “This Program has been 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 as part of its commitment to improving the competiveness of renewable energy technologies and increasing their supply in Australia. 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.”