On Sunday, July 29, 2012, the Resnick Sustainability Institute and the LMI-EFRC at Caltech co-organized a one-day workshop on Redefining the Limits of Photovoltaic Efficiency. Leaders from industry, academia and government gathered together and discussed new technologies for redefining the limits of solar energy conversion efficiency. The program featured invited talks, a poster session, and topically-focused breakout sessions in the afternoon.
Invited speakers included Harry Atwater (Director, LMI-EFRC and Resnick Institute, Caltech), Ivan Celanovic (Principal Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Geoffrey Kinsey (Director, Photovoltaic Technologies, Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems), Sarah Kurtz (Principal Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory), Minh Le (Chief Engineer, Solar Technologies Program, Department of Energy), Michelle Povinelli (WiSE Gabilan Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California); Wladek Walukiewicz (Solar Energy Materials Research Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), and Roland Winston (Professor, University of California, Merced).
The workshop also featured a lunchtime poster session. Congratulations to the winner of the Best Poster Award: Lanfang Li from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, for her poster entitled "Redefining Photovoltaic Efficiency with Silicon Microcells." Workshop attendees also participated in topical breakout sessions in the afternoon. Thank you to all of the researchers, students, and postdocs who participated this workshop and made it a success!