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SuperSolar/PVSAT Conference 2021

June 8 @ 10:00 am - June 10 @ 4:00 pm BST



SuperSolar and PVSAT have combined for their annual conference, online in 2021. Spread over morning and afternoon sessions on three consecutive days, featuring session keynotes from world leading researchers in photovoltaic technologies

The conference is FREE and open to all

Conference Programme

Day 1: Silicon and Thin Film Inorganic Photovoltaics, Tuesday 8th June (10.00-12.00 & 14.00-16.00 BST)

Morning Session 10.00-12.00 Chair: Dr Tasmiat Rahman (University of Southampton)

10.00: Welcome from SuperSolar Director, Prof Mike Walls (Loughborough University)

10.10: Keynote Speaker: Prof Martin Green (University of New South Wales) “Recent Progress with Silicon Solar Cells”

Contributed Talks:

10.45: Dr Nicholas Grant (University of Warwick) “Anomalous degradation in high efficiency Ga doped PERC silicon solar cells”

11.00: Shona McNab (University of Oxford) “Simulations of Alternative Dielectrics for Hole Selective Passivating Contacts and the Influence of Nanolayer Built-In Charge”

11.15: Jack Tyson (University of Southampton) “Angle-resolved Hemispherical Reflectometry for the Optical Characterisation of Photovoltaic Materials”

11.30: Dr Sebastian Bonilla (University of Oxford) “Understanding and controlling hydrogen passivation for improved cell performance”

12.00-14.00 Lunch Break

Afternoon Session 14.00-16.00 Chair: Dr Jon Major (University of Liverpool)

14.00: Keynote Speaker: Prof Stuart Irvine (Swansea University) How to Get >25% Efficient CdTe Solar Cells”

Contributed Talks:

14.45: Dr Pooja Goddard (Loughborough University) “Chlorine Passivation of Grain Boundaries in Cadmium Telluride Solar Cells”

15.00: Prof Neil Beattie (Northumbria University) “Innovative fabrication of low-cost kesterite solar cells for distributed energy applications”

15.15: Rachael Greenhalgh (Loughborough University) “The origins of Gas Bubbles and Blisters in Sputtered Thin Film Cadmium Selenide”

15.30: Manuel Apollo (University of Liverpool) “Sn doped Sb2Se3 solar cells”

16.00: Close


Day 2: Perovskite, Organic and Dye Cells, Wednesday 9th June (10.00-12.00 & 14.00-16.00 BST)

Morning Session 10.00-12.00 Chair: Prof Alison Walker (University of Bath)

10.00: Welcome from SuperSolar Director, Prof Mike Walls (Loughborough University) and Dr Alex Cole (Centre for Process Innovation)

10.10: Keynote Speaker: Prof Kylie Catchpole (Australian National University) “High Efficiency Perovskite Solar Cells: The Role of Interfaces and Transport Layers”

Contributed Talks:

10.45: Alan Bowman (University of Cambridge) “The efficiency limit of a two terminal perovskite-perovskite tandem solar cell and the importance of luminescence coupling between sub-cells”

11.00: Mary O’Kane (University of Sheffield) “How to Keep your Triple Cation Perovskite Precursors Looking Young, Fresh and Fabulous”

11.15: Prof Brian Saunders (University of Manchester) “Semi-transparent perovskite films prepared with spongelike polymer colloids that improve solar cell performance”

11.30: Dr Katherine Hooper (Swansea University) “Design and development of roll-to-roll slot-die coated perovskite modules”

12.00-14.00 Lunch Break

Afternoon Session 14.00-16.00 Chair: Prof David Lidzey (University of Sheffield)

14.00: Keynote Speaker: Dr Petra Cameron (University of Bath) “Mobile Ions in Perovskite Solar Cells”

Contributed Talks:

14.45: Dr Samuel Pering (Loughborough University) “Band-gap Engineering in Bismuth Halide Perovskites for Less-Toxic Perovskite Solar Cells”

15.00: Anjana Wijesekara (University of Warwick) “A microcontact printed nickel passivated copper grid electrode for perovskite photovoltaics”

15.15: Timothy Thornber (University of Sheffield) “Spray-Coated Perovskite Solar Cells on Non-Planar Surfaces”

15.30: Emma Spooner (University of Sheffield) “The Impact of Solvent Additives on Morphology and Stability of Fullerene and Non-Fullerene Acceptor Based Organic Solar Cells”

16.00: Close


Day 3: Performance, Testing, Applications and Systems, Thursday 10th June (10.00-12.00 & 14.00-16.00 BST)

Morning Session 10.00-12.00 Chair: Dr Elizabeth Gibson (Newcastle University)

10.00: Welcome from SuperSolar Director, Prof Mike Walls (Loughborough University)

10.10: Keynote Speaker: Will Hitchcock (Above Surveying Ltd) “Solar 2.0 – Digitalisation in a Post Subsidy Era”

Contributed Talks:

10.45: Dr Adrian Pugsley (Ulster University) “BIPV enhancement using thermal diodes and integrated heat storage”

11.00: Dr James Blakesley (NPL) “Effective Spectral Albedo and Uncertainties for Bifacial PV System Energy Yield Modelling”

11.15: Sreeram Valsalakumar (University of Exeter) “Optimising energy system value from solar PV generation on small, temperate islands: Lessons from Molène and Chausey”

11.30: Luke Jones (Loughborough University) “The Potential for Hydrophobic, Anti-soiling Coatings for Solar Module Cover Glass”

12.00-14.00 Lunch Break

Afternoon Session 14.00-16.00 Chair: Dr Thomas Betts (Loughborough University)

14.00: Keynote Speaker: Dr Teresa Barnes (NREL) “DuraMAT- a Study of PV Module Materials Reliability”

Contributed Talks:

14.45: Yifu Shi  (University of Oxford) “NanoLBIC Characterisation of Silicon Solar Cells using a Laser Pick-up Unit”

15.00: Mingzhe Yu (University of Oxford) “Assessing the Potential of Inversion Layer Solar Cells Based on Highly Charged Dielectric Nanolayers”

15.15: Dr George Koutsourakis (NPL) “High Resolution Electrical Characterisation of Photovoltaic Devices Utilising Digital Light Processing”

15.30: Dr Pietro Altermatt (Trina Solar Inc) “How can university research accelerate the deployment of PV?”

16.00: Close




June 8 @ 10:00 am
June 10 @ 4:00 pm


Christopher Malins
01509 635250