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Printing Australia’s Largest Solar Cells: Dr Scott Watkins, CSIRO

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on August 30th, 2013

2 September , 2013
6:30 pmto8:00 pm
Image: CSIRO

Image: CSIRO

Dr Scott Watkins (Stream Leader, Organic Photovoltaics, Materials Science and Engineering at CSIRO), is developing next generation organic solar cells. He will talk about the new manufacturing facility in Melbourne printing solar cells at the size of an A3 sheet of paper, which are one of the largest in the world.

The Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium (VICOSC) has developed processes that use spray coating, reverse gravure and slot-dye coating as well as screen printing, and the technology that has gone from producing solar cells the size of a fingernail to 10cm square in three years. Dr Watkins says the new $200,000 printer has allowed the VICOSC team to jump to producing solar cells on sheets 30cm wide – right here in Melbourne!

The flexible, organic PV cells have applications in consumer devices and small integrated electronics, and into the future, they could be coated onto buildings, into windows and on roofs. Dr Watkins will join us to explain organic PV technology and how the printing process works.

Time: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 2 September 2013 

Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
McCoy Building
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

Entry: Gold coin donation

Thank you to the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Energy Institute, our Zero Carbon Australia project partners for supporting us in bringing you this event.


“Beyond Zero Emissions” Discussion Group: Dr Muriel Watt

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on July 20th, 2009

A monthly discussion group hosted by Beyond Zero Emissions focusing on energy solutions to climate change, held on the first Monday of every month.


Image: afloresm via Flickr

For August, we present ‘The Australian and International Photovoltaic (PV) market’
Guest speaker: Dr. Muriel Watt

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Monday 3rd August 2009

Dr Muriel Watt is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Photovoltaic Engineering and the Centre for Energy & Environmental Markets at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).  She is also the Chair of the Australian PV Association.  She has been a keen advocate for the solar and photovoltaic (PV) industry for many decades and is author of numerous reports and research papers, as well as advising the government on these issues.  Muriel’s work focuses on implementation strategies for renewable energy technologies, including consumer requirements, government policy, research, industry development, support programs and regulatory frameworks.  The presentation will include details on the Australian PV market and why we lag so far behind countries such as Germany and Japan in PV installed capacity.

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