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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 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: These are very significant accomplishments and a more
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”. more
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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 more
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January 28, 2015

Did you miss the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of CanSIA’s SOLutions magazine?

The digital edition of CanSIA’s SOLutions is always available online! Read the Fall/Winter 2014 issue anytime!  Don’t miss the articles in this issue: About CanSIA Political Stability in Ontario Ontario Regulatory Work Ahead CanSIA Clarifies Federal Role MicroFIT Procurement Program Underperforming Safety First A Solar Journey in Remote Nepal CanSIA Member Benefits Advertiser Index more
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December 18, 2014

Second Call for Papers: 42nd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference

Second Call for Papers: 42nd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference Continue the Photovoltaic Specialist Conference’s (PVSC) tradition by submitting papers for the world’s premier conference on the science and technology of photovoltaics.  This program touches on all Photovoltaic (PV) technologies and spans the full range of technology maturity from basic materials and device fundamentals to deployed modules and systems. The deadline for abstract submissions is on January 23, 2015. Submit today and become a part of the technical program and the entire photovoltaics community at the 42nd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference from June 14-19, 2015 in New Orleans!! Click here to submit your abstracts today! more
December 17, 2014

Call for Applications: David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge

Call for Applications: David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge… Honouring past OCE Board Chair David McFadden, the David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge invites university and college students from across Ontario to address challenges facing the energy sector. Up to 10 finalists will be selected to pitch their idea at OCE’s ‘Discovery’ trade show and conference on April 27-28, 2015. The winner, to be announced on April 28, 2015 at Discovery, receives $25,000 to assist in advancing the winning business concept. The Network’s Ross Cheriton and Mark Yandt pitched as finalists in last year’s competition; their modular energy conversion system the “Sun Stack” can be viewed here. About the Challenge The theme for this year’s Energy Entrepreneur Challenge is “Meeting the Energy Challenge of Remote Communities”. Hundreds of millions of people around the world live in remote communities with no access to electricity or electricity that is intermittent, unreliable and often at an unaffordable price. Affordable electricity is vital to enhancing the more
October 3, 2014

Green Energy Doors Open ~ October 4, 2014

Green Energy Doors Open 2014 is the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association’s annual, single-day showcase of the province-wide green energy economy.  It’s your opportunity to access free-of-charge individual, community, public and commercial sustainable energy projects, businesses, manufacturing sites, education programs and other related initiatives.  Find events that are happening near you at this link: more
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April 28, 2014

Overview of Photovoltaic Solar Cell Research and Development Capability in Canada, 4th Edition (2009-2012)

Overview of Photovoltaic Solar Cell Research and Development Capability in Canada:  This report is the fourth of a series of reviews of the R&D capability in Canadian universities in the field of photovoltaic solar cells carried out by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), CanmetENERGY, located at Varennes, Quebec. The objective of these reviews, which began in 2004, is to highlight the activities done in this area in Canada, monitor the Research, R&D investments, and disseminate the information gathered in order to facilitate the creation of partnerships amongst the researchers, government, and industry. ::Download English::   ::Download French::   ::Online Link:: Worldwide demand for environmentally clean and sustainable energy continues to spur renewable energy development programs, including PV solar to electrical energy conversion. During the period under review (FY09/10 through to FY11/12), Canadian photovoltaic R&D capability was for the most part funded by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) at a level of about $4 million per annum and was involved in a more
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April 17, 2014

Provide Your Input into the CanSIA Solar PV Industry Roadmap 2020

::Download Whitepaper::  Provide your input into the CanSIA Solar PV Industry Roadmap 2020! The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), in collaboration with KPMG is preparing a 2020 Roadmap for the Canadian Solar PV Industry. The roadmap will be a collaborative document with input from industry stakeholders across the solar PV value chain and throughout Canada. It will create a vision for Canada’s solar PV industry in 2020, ultimately in the form of a Roadmap which will present policy and industry actions that Canadian solar PV industry leaders believe are necessary to achieve the industry’s vision. The Roadmap document, aside from serving as a guiding light for the industry, will also serve as a way to communicate a solar vision to all levels of government, and share with them the benefits of solar energy for all Canadians. Furthermore, it will help to define the role governments can play to help remove barriers and take advantage of opportunities, in securing a more more
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April 1, 2014

Video Release – Professor Matt Law (University of California, Irvine)

Professor Matt Law’s video from Next Generation Solar 2013 (May 9 last year) has just been released.  His talk entitled “Developing Earth-Abundant and Quantum Dot Materials for Thin-Film PV” was being held back while his work was published. Feel free to view his video as well as numerous other invited talks, parallel talks, and poster presentations by a variety of researchers and students at You can attend upcoming scientific talks to learn about the latest developments in PV research at Next Generation Solar 2014 – Photovoltaics Canada – National Scientific Conference to  be held May 14 to 16, 2014 in Montréal, Québec.  Learn more here! more
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