The School of Electronics and Computer Science of University of Southampton is all set to host the sixth Photovoltaic Science Application and Technology Conference (PVSAT-6) at Southampton, United Kingdom.
PVSAT-6 will be held at Chilworth Manor at the University of Southampton’s Science Park from 24th to 26th March 2010. The event will showcase photovoltaics developments in the UK and across the world and show how power generated from solar energy systems is fast reaching cost parity with grid electricity.
Distinguished speakers invited to the event include Alan Turner of Solarbuzz, Wim Sinke, ECN, The Netherlands, Darren Bagnall, University of Southampton, Chris Wronski, Pennsylvania State University, Thomas Hoffman, Centrosolar Glas, Germany, Ayodhya Tiwari, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and Ray Noble, Renewable Energy Association.
Professor Darren Bagnall at the University of Southampton’s Nano Research Group, who is also the event organizer, said that power production through solar energy systems has always been a good low-carbon method, but it is fast becoming as cost-effective as grid electricity.
Professor Bagnall, in his speech on “Photonics and thin film silicon technologies” will show how new light-trapping technologies can be utilized to trim the thickness semiconductor materials further, which will reduce the cost of solar panels. The University of Southampton is home to the Optoelectronics Research Centre, the Southampton Nanofabrication Centre, and the Sustainable Energy Research Group.