Van der Waals-Zeeman Colloquium

Tuesday, 20 Feb 2007, 16:00h

Photovoltaic solar energy conversion, an overview

Wim C. Sinke
Energy research Centre of the Netherlands ECN & EU PV Technology Platform

Direct conversion of sunlight into electricity is a very elegant process to generate renewable energy. This process, usually referred to as photovoltaic solar energy (PV), is inherently modular and quiet, and has a huge potential. PV devices (i.e., solar cells and modules) come in many different forms and vary greatly in performance and in degree of maturity.

This lecture will provide an overview of history, state-of-the-art and expected future developments of solar cells, modules and systems in terms of science and technology, but also in terms of economics and sustainability-related aspects.