This year we will continue the fun and educational tradition of the extended 3 hour tutorials given on the Sunday before the conference. These tutorials give a deep insight into selected research and development topics and serve both as an expert review of the field for all, as well as an introduction for newcomers. We are offering 12 hot topics led by some of the most recognized and experienced scientists in the field. All tutorials come with a set of slides which are an indispensable source of information that you will not find anywhere else! Students get one free ticket but nobody should miss this opportunity. Confirm your participation early in advance as tickets will be limited. We look forward to welcoming you on Sunday June, 9th at 8:30 AM.
Instructor: Dr Keith McIntosh, PV Lighthouse, Australia
Optical simulation is key to effective PV research. By combining simulation with experimentation, a researcher can rapidly (i) quantify losses in cells and modules; (ii) select the optimal module materials for a particular cell design; (iii) assess the benefit of new technologies, like textured ribbons, black silicon and bifacial modules; (iv) set control limits on fabrication steps like texturing, ARC deposition, and metallisation; (v) calculate cell-to-module (CTM) losses; and (vi) predict module behaviour in the field, accounting for incident angle, region-dependent spectra, and bifacial illumination.
This tutorial will provide a demonstration of how to determine the optical losses in a silicon solar cell and module. It will include tips on ray tracing, spectrophotometry, ellipsometry and quantum-efficiency measurements. It will also mention recent advances in the accurate modelling of textured surfaces, including random pyramids, isotexture and black silicon. The seminar will conclude by describing how to maximise the absorption of sunlight in a solar cell and module.
Keith McIntosh is a leading expert in the characterisation, simulation and design of silicon solar cells and modules. He completed his PhD at the University of New South Wales in 2001 before working at SunPower Corporation for four years, where he was a core member of the team that developed SunPower’s rear-contact solar cell, and at the Australian National University for six years, where he led a research group that focused on the optics and recombination of silicon solar cells. Keith is now CEO of PV Lighthouse, which creates research software for PV scientists and engineer. He has co-written over 150 scientific articles on silicon solar cells.