Solar PV: Overview and Materials Options

In a free public seminar at 3:30 PM on February 11, in room 1115 of the Wisconsin Energy Institute, Materials Science and Engineering Professor Michael Arnold will provide a background of solar photovoltaic technology and future material options.

Abstract: The Earth is continuously bathing in over one-hundred-million-billion watts of sunlight – many times more than mankind’s energy demands. This talk will introduce harvesting of this irradiation using photovoltaic solar cells. The lecture will cover: (1) how a solar cell works at the level of atoms/electrons, (2) from what materials and how solar cells are made, (3) challenges that must be overcome to make them more economically viable, and (4) up and coming solar cell technologies.

1115 Wisconsin Energy Institute
1552 University Ave.
Madison, WI 53726