KSC Seminar with Prof. Miro Zeman

​KSC Seminar: Improving photovoltaic solar energy conversion in Si-based solar cells

Speaker: Prof. dr. Miro Zeman

Delft University of Technology, Photovoltaic Materials and Devices Laboratory


Date & Time: Sunday October 22nd, 2017 at 2pm

Venue: Building 5, level 5, room 5220

Light refreshments will be available.

Abstract: Photovoltaics is the key electricity-generating technology that will bring reliable, cheap and clean electricity in the near future to everyone and everywhere.

Silicon-based photovoltaic (PV) technologies dominate the solar module market. In recent years, the price of the silicon-based solar cells and modules has dropped drastically. In several locations, silicon-based PV has become the most cost-effective solution to electricity generation. The challenge is to further improve the performance of the silicon-based solar cells and even go beyond their efficiency limit.

The research facilities and research areas of the Photovoltaic Materials and Devices group at the Delft University of Technology will be introduced. The activities in thin-film and crystalline silicon solar cell research aiming at successful implementation of various light management concepts in order to obtain high efficiency will be presented. The results of recent research work on innovative surface textures and back reflectors, thin multi-junction device designs and devices for solar fuels generation will be discussed.

Biography: Prof. dr. Miro Zeman received his Ph.D. degree from the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava in 1989 for research on amorphous silicon materials and devices. In 1990 he joined the Delft University of Technology where he carried out research on thin-film silicon solar cells. In 2009 he was appointed Full professor at the Delft University of Technology where he leads the Photovoltaic Materials and Devices group and is the head of the Electrical Sustainable Energy department. Miro Zeman is a leading expert in light management, modelling, and development of novel materials and nanostructures for silicon-based solar cells.