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Solar power - the new electricity generation mix

When Professor Martin Green’s Solar Photovoltaic Group fabricated its first solar cell at UNSW, little did they know their research would change the world.

Professor Martin Green

When Professor Martin Green’s Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Group fabricated its first solar cell in 1975 within UNSW’s School of Electrical Engineering, little did they know their research would change the world.

“Our first experiments were rather rudimentary,” Green recalls. “We had a simple solar simulator made of a scrounged microscope lamp, and a series of light filtering wheels through which we could test the cell.”

Today, UNSW is renowned worldwide for its work in solar cell technology led by Professor Martin Green and Professor Stuart Wenham.

The Photovoltaics Centre at UNSW entered into joint research and commercial licensing agreements with leading developers and manufacturers of solar technology in Australia, China, Korea, Taiwan, Germany, USA and Canada with ongoing interest being shown by other emerging economic giants such as India.  The focus on collaborations has been to jointly develop innovative ways to improve solar cell efficiency.

Collaborations include working with leading PV Cell manufacturing companies from around the world - Sunrise Global, Shinsung, Hanwha, Hyundai, LG Electronics, Guodian Solar and more. UNSW also works with leading Universities and Solar research institutes.

“Photovoltaics is becoming a sizable contributor to the new electricity generation mix and we can be proud of the role that we played in making it a reality,” Green says. “The role I see for our Centre in the future,” he continues, “is the technology hub for the Asia-Pacific region. There are exciting times ahead.” 

Read the full article about Professor Green and the impact of his research innovations on the Newsroom website.

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