The 2017 Technology Highlights jury was carefully selected to form a cross section of different viewpoints from the industry, taking in financial and technical analysts, academic engineers and scientists, and representatives from key players in PV module and materials manufacturing.
The jury will be overseen by Professor Martin Green of the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics at the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney). “Innovation and technical solutions are key in every step towards reducing costs, increasing efficiency and bringing solar power into the mainstream,” Green told pv magazine. “These technologies are what drives the industry.”
“Since last year’s award there have been some big developments in module technology, with manufacturers continuing to upgrade to PERC and diamond wire wafering, and quickly working to solve the new challenges provided by these. Beyond these major trends, the increase from three to four or even five busbars have also had a significant impact and copper metallisation is showing signs of emerging from the research community,” Green continued. “We expect to see entries this year from emerging technologies including heterojunction approaches and progress with perovskites, all of which could achieve steps forward for the industry in the near to medium term.”
This year, sitting on pv magazine’s Technology Highlights jury will be:
Pierre Verlinden: Chief Scientist and Vice-Chair of State Key Lab at Trina Solar
Xiaoting Wang: Solar Insight, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Andrew Blakers: Professor of Engineering at Australian National University
Götz Fischbeck: CEO at Smart Solar Consulting
Weiming Zhang: Head of Global Innovation at Heraeus Photovoltaic
Corrine Lin: Independent PV Industry Analyst
pv magazine is excited to be working with this group of respected experts from across the industry, and to hear their views on the latest PV manufacturing innovations. Entries for the feature are now open – the closing date is next Friday, March 17th. Head to the feature page for more details on how to enter.