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Solar Energy Workshop
October 18-19, 2004

GCEP held a two-day workshop to identify technical barriers to large-scale implementation of solar technologies and to discuss the research opportunities for developing breakthrough solutions that may lead to reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

The technical presentations focused on the fundamental physical and chemical processes that govern the operation of some major solar energy systems. The technologies discussed during the workshop included organic nanostructures, dye-sensitized solar cells, thin film devices, third generation photovoltaics, heterojunction cells, solar thermionic energy convertors, and space-based solar power.

International solar energy experts shared their perspectives on the technical issues that limit current efficiencies and on potential innovative strategies to overcome them. The workshops also informed the Stanford community about the solar energy area in which GCEP may consider sponsoring research during the next year. The workshop was held at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center at Stanford University.

Selected Presentations

Presentations below are in PDF format.

Welcome and Introduction
L. Orr, Global Climate and Energy Project
Solar Energy and Its Potential
M. Green, University of New South Wales, Australia
Improving Light Absorption
Quantum Dot Sensitization
T. Toyoda, University of Electro-Communications, Japan
High Efficiency Carrier Multiplication in PbSe Quantum Dots
V. Klimov, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Light-Harvesting Host-Guest Antenna Materials
D. Bruehwiler, University of Bern, Switzerland
Transport and Kinetics
Exciton Diffusion
L. Siebbeles, Technical University of Delft, Netherlands
Charge Transport in Organic Materials
M. Wasielewski, Northwestern University
Electron Transfer Kinetics
J. Durrant, Imperial College, United Kingdom
Design of Photoactive Complexes
P. Dutton, University of Pennsylvania
Overall Cell Performance
Optimization of Conjugated-Polymer-Based Bulk Heterojunctions
J. Hummelen, Groningen University, Netherlands
Stability of Organic Materials
A. Hagfeldt, Uppsala University, Sweden

October 19, 2004

Thin Film Photovoltaics
Extremely Thin Absorbers-EU Project Overview
F. Lenzmann, Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands
Inorganic Thin Films: Future Perspectives
J. Benner, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Third Generation Photovoltaics
M. Green, University of New South Wales, Australia
Matching the Solar Spectrum
Intermediate Band Solar Cells
W. Walukiewicz, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
III-V Multijunction Cells
R. King, Spectrolab, Inc
Non-Lattice-Matched III-V Heterostructures
H. Atwater, California Institute of Technology
Solar Thermal
Concentrating Solar Power
S. Jones, Sandia National Laboratory
Novel Heat Transfer Fluids and Thermal Storage
L. Moens, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Solar Technologies
Thermionic Energy Conversion
T. Fisher, Purdue University
Space Solar Power
M. Hoffert, New York University


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