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January 22, 2016

The Added Value of Attending Conferences

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Looking back as I finish my Master’s, I am able to look back fondly on the exchange opportunities brought on through my work with the Photovoltaic Innovation Network. In particular I look back to the 28th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) and the boost it provided to my research. This is the largest solar conference, featuring 1,300 presentations from 6,500 authors and co-authors in 86 countries. In research, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know. These conferences are a great method to learn about everything in the field of solar energy. The 1,300 presentations are split into oral and poster presentations across the following 7 categories: New Materials and Concepts for Solar Cells and Modules Wafer-Based

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January 22, 2016

Highlights of Interest from SPIE

stephen_Foster

I recently attended SPIE’s Optics and Photonics conference, held every year in the beautiful San Diego Convention Center.  It was my second time attending the conference, having been there previously in 2013. This year I was lucky enough to receive funding to attend from the Photovoltaic Innovation Network. I arrived in San Diego on a beautiful Sunday afternoon (although so far as I’ve been able to tell, there’s no such thing as a non-beautiful afternoon in San Diego). After checking into my hotel, I headed to the convention center to enjoy the opening talks of the conference. Upon arrival, however, I discovered that the registration and badge pickup counter had closed for the evening. Undeterred, I headed for the talks anyway, but was stopped by multiple conference volunteers. They informed me that I would need a badge to enter. This surprised me, as I wouldn’t have thought people sneaking in to physics conferences was a big problem (now people sneaking

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January 22, 2016

42nd PVSC New Orleans – Leading advances in photovoltaics research and deployment

lianne_delasalle

IEEE’s 42nd Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC) was held in New Orleans this year and I had the pleasure of attending. The conference was a great experience, presenting the most recent advances in the area of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology. As an undergraduate student at my first conference I was astounded by the amount of academics and companies making important advances in photovoltaics. Anyone cynical of solar technology needs to attend PVSC to discover the speed of progress of photovoltaic development and the intellect driving photovoltaic research. Attending this conference I intended to explore a few different areas of research which included concentrated photovoltaics (CPV), solar resource measurement and modeling, as well as field reliability experience and soiling. Also, attending the plenary presentations I gained an introduction to topics I was less familiar with such as thin film technologies, perovskite solar cells, and space technologies among others. I was also very interested in the talks related to commercial deployment of solar

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January 22, 2016

Great First PVSC Conference

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It was my first time attending the photovoltaic specialists conference (PVSC). Having heard that this is one of the best solar conferences, it certainly lived up to my expectations. My participation started a few weeks prior to the start of the conference, as I was selected to be a graduate student assistant (GSA) with the publication team. My job was to make sure that my designated 160 manuscripts adhered to the template specifications.  This activity was a great way to get a sneak peek into the work of many authors. Another great benefit of being the GSA is a free conference registration, a free banquet dinner ticket, and a significant discount on the hotel accommodation. PVSC-42 is definitely the largest conference I have ever attended with close to 1,000 oral and poster presentations combined. The presentations were divided into eleven subject areas from advanced solar cell structures (area 1) to solar resource measurement and modeling (area 9). Since my research

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September 18, 2015

MC12 2015

Muhammad Yousaf

I had the honour of attending the “12th International Conference on Materials Chemistry” (MC12) on behalf of the Photovoltaic Innovation Network (PVIN). The conference was held by the Royal Society of Chemistry in York, UK, from July 20-23, 2015. This was the first time I attended a conference outside Canada and presented my research. Although I wasn’t able to submit an abstract due to late registration, management still allowed me to present a poster. The conference was held in the Exhibition Center and Central Hall located in the University of York, UK. The University is located in the center of the historical city of York. The lake in the middle of the departments gives the University a beautiful look. While talks were going on simultaneously in both the centers (Exhibition Center and Central Hall), which are on opposite sides of the lake and connected by a bridge, moving back and forth between the two centers was nothing less than fun.

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August 10, 2015

PVSC Conference 2015

This year I had the honour of being funded by the Photovoltaic Innovation Network to attend the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialty Conference (PVSC) in New Orleans, Louisiana. This was my second PVSC conference I have attended and the first PVSC conference at which I have presented. I arrived on Sunday afternoon for the tutorials where I attended a talk on heterojunction PV technology. The following morning the plenary talks started, where the most striking feature was the amazing growth in the installed base. The growth of total production and increased rollout seemed to be the theme of the plenaries for the week. One presentation that stuck with me from the first day was a graphic that showed how the price of a PV megawatt hour had become competitive with not only coal, but with natural gas as well. However, my favorite talks were later in the day in the parallel sessions; they had to do with the material science behind the

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July 10, 2015

One of Our Own Takes the Win (again)!

We are very pleased to announce that our NSERC Photovoltaic Innovation Network student Viktar Tatsiankou (PhD student in Electrical Engineering at the University of Ottawa) has recently been awarded the Best Student Paper Award at the 42nd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC) held in New Orleans, USA from June 14-19, 2015. Viktar’s presentation entitled “A Novel Instrument for Cost-Effective and Reliable Measurement of Solar Spectral Irradiance” was presented at the concentrator photovoltaic session of the conference. Viktar delivered a solid presentation and answered a number of very difficult questions extremely well.  Here is the link to award details http://www.ieee-pvsc.org/PVSC42/awards-student.php. Back in June 2012, another of our Network students – Kitty Kumar (PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto) received the Best Student Poster Award at the 38th annual IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), held in Austin, Texas on June 3-8, 2012.  You can read more about her win here: http://mse.utoronto.ca/news/mse-graduate-student-wins-top-research-poster-prize-out-of-900-competitors/ These are very significant accomplishments and a

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March 31, 2015

Can the world connect to the sun?- 29th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, Amsterdam, NED (Sept 22 – 26, 2014)

Thomas M Kraft
PhD Year 4
Queen’s University 
Department of Chemistry

Why do Europeans love solar energy? It seems as if it is combination of several factors, including their desire to clean up the world, their need for alternative energy resources, and their governments’ innovative evolution.  This was quite poignant at the 29th European photovoltaic solar energy conference and exhibition (EU PVSEC) which was held in Amsterdam from September 22-26, 2014.  As usual, this large conference, dedicated to solar energy, did not disappoint and attracted 9000 exhibition attendees as well as 3000 conference delegates.  It was remarkable to bear witness to the unity of thousands of highly motivated scientists and business leaders in their pursuit of low cost, efficient photovoltaic energy on a continent that has 3% of all its electricity generated directly by the sun. As the conference progressed, it became clear that “we weren’t there for what solar energy is, but for what it will become” (H. Kamp). The willingness of Europeans to decrease their dependence on fossil fuel

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January 28, 2015

Energiewende Tour 2013 – Tracking the German Leap by Chris Turner

Chris Turner is an author, speaker and strategist, providing Canada’s voice on sustainability and the global clean-tech boom.  Click here to view his video post and biography and abstract.  This is a business talk in promotion of his book entitled “The Leap”.

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January 28, 2015

Roadmap 2020: Powering Canada’s Future with Solar Electricity

The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) shares its vision of what Canada’s solar electricity industry will look like leading up to 2020. “Roadmap 2020: Powering Canada’s Future with Solar Electricity“ was unveiled at Solar Canada 2014 and lays out a confident plan to identify barriers to success, outline opportunities, and make recommendations, ensuring Canada’s solar electricity sector is cost competitive by 2020. The plan focuses on five key areas that require action: Develop a supportive and stable policy and regulatory environment that recognize the total value of solar electricity, including externalities; Simplify and streamline permitting and processes for grid interconnection and metering of solar electricity systems; Reduce soft costs to levels consistent with global best practices; Educate the Canadian population on the true benefits and costs of solar electricity, and empower them to take action to support and adopt solar; and Develop new and enhance existing relationships with technologies, applications and stakeholders to create synergies that enables greater solar electricity use

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