Renate Egan

Leader, UNSW Node of the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics
Professor

Professor Renate Egan is Deputy Head of School (Engagement) and leads the UNSW activity in the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics, the national centre for photovoltaics research led by UNSW, in partnership with ANU, UQ, CSIRO University of Melbourne and Monash, with the objective to work together on the next generation of photovoltaics.  

Renate joined UNSW in 2014 after a 20 year career in industry where she led manufacturing and technology development in Australia, Germany and China and is a leading authority on manufacturing costing and technology transfer. 

Renate is also Co-Founder and Chair of Solar Analytics, Australia's largest independent energy monitoring provider. In earlier roles, as Director and CTO of CSG Solar AG and Managing Director of Suntech R&D Australia Pty Ltd, Renate held executive leadership roles in technology development in the solar industry at a time of dramatic progress in manufacturing, development and deployment.  

With expertise across industry, manufacturing and small business, government, university and not-for-profits, Renate now participates on a number of national and international panels, boards and review committees across the energy sector. Renate represents Australian on the Executive Committee of the IEA PV Power Systems program.

Major Research Themes

Techno-economic analysis. Bringing together a lifetime of experience in taking technology to market, This project focuses on developing models and metrics for assessing new technology developments for their commercial viability and impact on energy markets. The research is cross-disciplinary, taking into account engineering developments, financial modelling, energy markets and environmental and social impacts.

Energy Data for Smart Decision Making. As the energy industry shifts from centralised to decentralised generation the use of good data  becomes critical for decision making. WIth a deep understanding of the cost trajectories in solar deployment, and with increasing visibility of energy data in networks, this research seeks to use machine learning and big-data analysis to understand energy generation and demand patterns, including elements of generation, storage and forecasting. 

Expertise

Manufacturing costing, techno-economic analysis, solar cell manufacturing, solar engineering, energy policy, energy market analysis.

 

Journal articles
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Wang A; Chang NL; Sun K; Xue C; Egan RJ; Li J; Yan C; Huang J; Rong H; Ramsden C; Hao X, 2021, 'Analysis of manufacturing cost and market niches for Cu2ZnSnS4(CZTS) solar cells', Sustainable Energy and Fuels, vol. 5, pp. 1044 - 1058, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/d0se01734e
2021
Chang NL; Zheng J; Wu Y; Shen H; Qi F; Catchpole K; Ho-Baillie A; Egan RJ, 2021, 'A bottom-up cost analysis of silicon–perovskite tandem photovoltaics', Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, vol. 29, pp. 401 - 413, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pip.3354
2021
Chang NL; Wright M; Egan R; Hallam B, 2020, 'The Technical and Economic Viability of Replacing n-type with p-type Wafers for Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells', Cell Reports Physical Science, vol. 1, pp. 100069 - 100069, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.xcrp.2020.100069
2020
Yates J; Daiyan R; Patterson R; Egan R; Amal R; Ho-Baille A; Chang NL, 2020, 'Techno-economic Analysis of Hydrogen Electrolysis from Off-Grid Stand-Alone Photovoltaics Incorporating Uncertainty Analysis', Cell Reports Physical Science, vol. 1, pp. 100209 - 100209, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.xcrp.2020.100209
2020
Chang NL; Ho-Baillie AWY; Vak D; Gao M; Green MA; Egan RJ, 2018, 'Manufacturing cost and market potential analysis of demonstrated roll-to-roll perovskite photovoltaic cell processes', Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, vol. 174, pp. 314 - 324, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solmat.2017.08.038
2018
Chang NL; Ho-Baillie A; Wenham S; Woodhouse M; Evans R; Tjahjono B; Qi F; Chong CM; Egan RJ, 2018, 'A techno-economic analysis method for guiding research and investment directions for c-Si photovoltaics and its application to Al-BSF, PERC, LDSE and advanced hydrogenation', Sustainable Energy and Fuels, vol. 2, pp. 1007 - 1019, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c8se00047f
2018
Egan RJ; Chang NL, 2018, 'When every cent counts', Nature Energy, vol. 3, pp. 361 - 362, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41560-018-0148-6
2018
Chang NL; Yi Ho-Baillie AW; Basore PA; Young TL; Evans R; Egan RJ, 2017, 'A manufacturing cost estimation method with uncertainty analysis and its application to perovskite on glass photovoltaic modules', Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, vol. 25, pp. 390 - 405, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pip.2871
2017
Qiu Y; Kunz O; Fejfar A; Ledinský M; Teik Chan B; Gordon I; Van Gestel D; Venkatachalm S; Egan R, 2014, 'On the effects of hydrogenation of thin film polycrystalline silicon: A key factor to improve heterojunction solar cells', Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, vol. 122, pp. 31 - 39, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solmat.2013.11.017
2014
Varlamov S; Dore J; Evans R; Ong D; Eggleston B; Kunz O; Schubert U; Young T; Huang J; Soderstrom T; Omaki K; Kim K; Teal A; Jung M; Yun J; Pakhuruddin ZM; Egan R; Green MA, 2013, 'Polycrystalline silicon on glass thin-film solar cells: A transition from solid-phase to liquid-phase crystallised silicon', Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, vol. 119, pp. 246 - 255, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solmat.2013.08.001
2013
Dore J; Varlamov S; Evans R; Eggleston BD; Ong DS; Kunz O; Huang J; Schubert U; Kim K; Egan R; Green MA, 2013, 'Performance potential of low-defect density silicon thin-film solar cells obtained by electron beam evaporation and laser crystallisation', EPJ Photovoltaics, vol. 4, pp. no. 40301, http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/epjpv/2012012
2013
Dore J; Eggleston BD; Kim K; Keevers M; Varlamov S; Green MA; Evans R; Schubert U; Ong D; Huang J; Kunz O; Egan R, 2013, 'Thin-film polycrystalline silicon solar cells formed by diode laser crystallisation', Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, vol. 21, pp. 1377 - 1383, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pip.2282
2013
Dore J; Ong D; Varlamov S; Egan R; Green MA, 2013, 'Progress in Laser-Crystallized Thin-Film Polycrystalline Silicon Solar Cells: Intermediate Layers, Light Trapping, and Metallization', IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, vol. 4, pp. 1 - 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/JPHOTOV.2013.2280016
2013
Tao Y; Varlamov S; Kunz O; Ouyang Z; Wong J; Soderstrom T; Wolf M; Egan R, 2012, 'Effects of annealing temperature on crystallisation kinetics, film properties and cell performance of silicon thin-film solar cells on glass', Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, vol. 101, pp. 186 - 192, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solmat.2012.01.039
2012
Wong J; Huang JL; Varlamov S; Green MA; Evans R; Keevers M; Egan RJ, 2011, 'Structural inhomogeneities in polycrystalline silicon on glass solar cells and their effects on device characteristics', Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, vol. 19, pp. 695 - 705, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pip.1089
2011
Wong J; Huang J; Varlamov S; Green MA; Evans R; Keevers M; Egan R, 2011, 'Structural inhomogeneities in polycrystalline silicon on glass solar cells and their effects on device characteristics', Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, vol. 19, pp. 695 - 705, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pip.1089/full
2011
Tao Y; Varlamov S; Jin G; Wolf M; Egan R, 2011, 'Effects of annealing temperature on crystallisation kinetics and properties of polycrystalline Si thin films and solar cells on glass fabricated by plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition', Thin Solid Films, vol. 520, pp. 543 - 549, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tsf.2011.06.089
2011
Sontheimer T; Becker C; Ruske F; Klimm C; Bloeck U; Gall S; Kunz O; Young T; Egan R; Hüpkes J; Rech B, 2010, 'Challenges and opportunities of electron beam evaporation in the preparation of poly-Si thin film solar cells', Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, pp. 614 - 619, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2010.5616851
2010
Wong J; Huang J; Eggleston BD; Green MA, 2010, 'Lifetime limiting recombination pathway in thin-film polycrystalline silicon on glass solar cells', Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 107, pp. 123705, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3429206
2010
Green MA; Basore P; Chang N; Clugston D; Egan R; Evans R; Hogg DW; Jarnason S; Keevers M; Lasswell P; O Sullivan J; Schubert U; Turner A; Wenham SR; Young T, 2004, 'Crystalline silicon on glass (CSG) thin-film solar cell modules', Solar Energy, vol. 77, pp. 857 - 863, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2004.06.023
2004
Chin VWL; Egan RJ; Osotchan T; Vaughan MR; Anderson SC, 1996, 'Noncontact thickness and composition assessment of a strained AIGaAs/AIAs/InGaAs double barrier multiple quantum well structure', Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 80, pp. 2521 - 2523, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.363036
1996
Goldys EM; Mitchell A; Tansley TL; Egan RJ; Clark A, 1996, 'Photoreflectance of AlxGa1-xAs/GaAs and GaAs/GaAs interfaces at high light intensities', Optics Communications, vol. 124, pp. 392 - 399, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0030-4018(95)00694-X
1996
Butcher KSA; Egan RJ; Tansley TL; Alexiev D, 1996, 'Sulfur contamination of (100) GaAs resulting from sample preparation procedures and atmospheric exposure', Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B: Microelectronics and Nanometer Structures, vol. 14, pp. 152 - 158, http://dx.doi.org/10.1116/1.589018
1996
Clark A; Egan RJ; Jagadish C, 1996, 'Optical modulators in the 500-600-nm visible wavelength regime using an Al xGa 1-xAs/Al yGa 1-yAs MOCVD-grown AFPM', Conference Proceedings - Lasers and Electro-Optics Society Annual Meeting-LEOS, pp. 488 - 489
1996
Egan RJ; Chin VWL; Butcher KSA; Tansley TL, 1996, 'Hydrogenation passivation of acceptors in MOCVD grown p-InSb', Solid State Communications, vol. 98, pp. 751 - 754, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0038-1098(96)00125-1
1996
Egan RJ; Tansley TL; Chin VWL, 1995, 'Growth of InAs from monoethyl arsine', Journal of Crystal Growth, vol. 147, pp. 19 - 26, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0022-0248(94)00627-X
1995
Egan RJ; Clark A; Jagadish C; Williams JS, 1995, 'AlAs/AlGaAs reflection modulatorfor visible wavelengths', Electronics Letters, vol. 31, pp. 1270 - 1271, http://dx.doi.org/10.1049/el:19950876
1995
Osotchan T; Chin VWL; Tansley TL; Usher BF; Clark A; Egan RJ, 1995, 'MBE and MOCVD growth of AlGaAsAlAsGaAs double barrier multiple quantum well infrared detector', Materials Science and Engineering B, vol. 35, pp. 176 - 179, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0921-5107(95)01346-6
1995
Egan RJ; Chin VWL; Tansley TL, 1995, 'Hole Transport in the InSbInAs material system', Solid State Communications, vol. 93, pp. 553 - 556, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0038-1098(94)00838-4
1995
Egan RJ; Chin VWL; Tansley TL, 1994, 'Growth, morphology and electrical transport properties of MOCVD-grown p-InSb', Semiconductor Science and Technology, vol. 9, pp. 1591 - 1597, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0268-1242/9/9/004
1994
Egan RJ; Chin VWL; Tansley TL, 1994, 'Dislocation scattering effects on electron mobility in InAsSb', Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 75, pp. 2473 - 2476, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.356244
1994
Butcher KSA; Alexiev D; Chin VWL; Tansley TL; Egan RJ; Keane M, 1993, 'Schottky barrier height modification on high-purity LPE GaAs following a sulphur-based etch', Semiconductor Science and Technology, vol. 8, pp. 1451 - 1458, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0268-1242/8/7/041
1993
Tansley TL; Egan RJ, 1993, 'Defects, optical absorption and electron mobility in indium and gallium nitrides', Physica B: Physics of Condensed Matter, vol. 185, pp. 190 - 198, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0921-4526(93)90236-Y
1993
Chin VWL; Egan RJ; Tansley TL, 1992, 'Carrier concentration and compensation ratio dependence of electron drift mobility in InAs1-xSbx', Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 72, pp. 1410 - 1415, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.351700
1992
TANSLEY TL; EGAN RJ, 1992, 'OPTICAL AND ELECTRONIC-PROPERTIES OF THE NITRIDES OF INDIUM, GALLIUM AND ALUMINUM AND THE INFLUENCE OF NATIVE DEFECTS', WIDE BAND GAP SEMICONDUCTORS, vol. 242, pp. 395 - 407, http://dx.doi.org/10.1557/PROC-242-395
1992
Tansley TL; Egan RJ, 1992, 'Point-defect energies in the nitrides of aluminum, gallium, and indium', Physical Review B, vol. 45, pp. 10942 - 10950, http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.45.10942
1992
Chin VWL; Egan RJ; Tansley TL, 1991, 'Electron mobility in InAs1-xSbx and the effect of alloy scattering', Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 69, pp. 3571 - 3577, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.348499
1991
Tansley TL; Egan RJ; Horrigan EC, 1988, 'Properties of sputtered nitride semiconductors', Thin Solid Films, vol. 164, pp. 441 - 448, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0040-6090(88)90174-5
1988
Conference Papers
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Chang NL; Newman BK; Egan RJ, 2020, 'Assessing the Competitiveness of Metallization Cell Schemes with a Future-Cost Uncertainty Model', in Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, pp. 1992 - 1995, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PVSC45281.2020.9300389
2020
Heslop S; Roberts M; Yildiz B; Bruce A; Egan R; Macgill I, 2019, 'A characterisation of air conditioning consumption in Australia’s eastern capitals', in Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference 2019, Australian PV Institute, Canberra, presented at Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference, Canberra, 03 December 2019
2019
Chang NL; Hallam B; Chen D; Egan RJ, 2018, 'Techno-economic analysis of silicon heterojunction cell sequences using hydrogenated p-type wafers', in 2018 IEEE 7th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018 - A Joint Conference of 45th IEEE PVSC, 28th PVSEC and 34th EU PVSEC, pp. 2108 - 2113, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2018.8547685
2018
Chang N; Egan RJ; Varlamov S, 2015, 'Use of Manufacturing Cost Analysis During Technology Development', in Egan RJ; Passey R (ed.), Proceedings of the Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference 2015, Australian Photovoltaics Institute, Brisbane, Australia, presented at Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference 2015, Brisbane, Australia, 08 December 2015 - 10 December 2015, http://apvi.org.au/solar-research-conference/index.php?aam_media=2346
2015
Corkish R; Green M; Blakers AB; Burn P; Cheng Y-B; Egan R; Ghiggino KP; Meredith P; Scholes FH; Wilson G, 2015, 'An overview of the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics and the Australia-US Institute for Advanced Photovoltaics', in Gloeckler M (ed.), MRS Proceedings Volume 1771, Cambridge University Press, San Francisco, pp. 33 - 44, presented at 2015 MRS Spring Meeting, San Francisco, 06 April 2015 - 10 April 2015, http://dx.doi.org/10.1557/opl.2015.364
2015
Young TL; Hee K; Lennon AJ; Egan RJ; Wilkie O; Yao Y, 2014, 'Design and characterization of an adhesion strength tester for evaluating metal contacts on silicon solar cells', in 2014 IEEE 40th Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2014, pp. 2550 - 2553, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2014.6925450
2014
Kim K; Evans R; Varlamov S; Egan R, 2013, 'High performance plasma hydrogenation for large-grained polycrystalline silicon thin film solar cells', in Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, IEEE, pp. 568 - 571, 16 June 2013 - 21 June 2013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2013.6744215
2013
Tao Y; Varlamov S; Egan R; Wolff MJ; Kunz O; Soderstrom T; Green MA, 2011, 'Effects of high temperature incubation on solid phase crystallisation of silicon films and properties of polycrystalline silicon thin-film solar cells on glass', in 37th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), 37th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), online, pp. 3455 - 003459, presented at 2011 37th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC 2011), Seatlle, WA, USA, 19 June 2011 - 24 June 2011, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2011.6186690
2011
Tao Y; Varlamov S; Wong J; Kunz O; Egan R, 2010, 'Effects of SPC temperature on properties of evaporated poly -Si thin films and solar cells', in Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, IEEE, New York, pp. 620 - 625, presented at 35th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, 20 June 2010 - 25 June 2010, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2010.5616847
2010
Clark A; Egan RJ; Jagadish C, 1997, 'Design and optimisation of AlxGal-xAs/AlyGal-yAs multilayer structures for visible wavelength applications', in Journal of Crystal Growth, ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV, CARDIFF INT ARENA, CARDIFF, WALES, pp. 424 - 427, presented at 8th International Conference on Metalorganic Vapour Phase Epitaxy, CARDIFF INT ARENA, CARDIFF, WALES, 09 June 1996 - 13 June 1996, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0022-0248(96)00561-1
1997
Egan RJ; Inglis HG; Hill P; Krug PA; Ouellette F, 1996, 'Effects of hydrogen loading and grating strength on the thermal stability of fiber Bragg gratings', in Optical Fiber Communications, 1996. OFC’96, IEEE, pp. 83 - 84, IEEE
1996
Conference Presentations
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Tao Y, 2010, 'EFFECTS OF SPC TEMPERATURE ON PROPERTIES OF EVAPORATED POLY-SI THIN FILMS AND SOALR CELLS', pp. 620 - 625, presented at 35th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, 20 June 2010 - 25 June 2010, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2010.5616847
2010

energy innovation and entrepreneurship, renewables and the energy transition, materials for solar, energy, technology transfer, commercialisation, technology transfer,