Rhett Evans

Postdoctoral Fellow

Rhett Evans received his bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering at UNSW in 1998, and his PhD in Photovoltaic Engineering from UNSW in 2018. He has 20 years’ experience across all areas of PV, mostly in private sector R&D. He has worked managing R&D teams, developing new technologies, technology transfer, cell and module manufacturing, reliability testing, field deployment, field monitoring and financial modelling. Rhett’s PhD is in the area of statistical modelling and optimisation of manufacturing data. He is a part time Postdoctoral Fellow in the Photoluminesence  (PL) research team at UNSW and he separately works part time in other companies.  

 

Rhett is a part of the PL group’s latest ARENA-funded project. His specific interest in in developing optimised metrology sequences for photovoltaic manufacturing. He is working in a number of industry – university collaborative sub-projects that are collecting large sets of data generated in a manufacturing context. The aim of these projects will be to develop and tailor new and existing analytical techniques to improve the understanding of the manufacturing system and even to better understand detailed cell level behaviour. The bigger picture of this work is to consider manufacturing execution in the fuller context of product quality and field performance in order to develop learning and optimal control and data collection strategies across all parts of the value chain, including closed loop control strategies where appropriate. Rhett has numerous publications – journals, conference presentations, a book chapter and public seminars related to his research work.

publications

Conference Papers
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Evans R; Yildiz B; Bilbao J, 2020, 'Capturing Photons Using High Ground Coverage Ratio (GCR) approaches', in Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, pp. 2296 - 2299, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PVSC45281.2020.9301029
2020
Buratti Y; Sowmya A; Evans R; Trupke T; Hameiri Z, 2020, 'Deep learning on electroluminescence images for end-of-line binning of full and half-cut cells', Online, presented at Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference, Online, 30 November 2020
2020
Buratti Y; Sowmya A; Evans R; Trupke T; Hameiri Z, 2020, 'End-of-line binning of full and half-cut cells using deep learning on electroluminescence images', Virtual, presented at 47th IEEE Photovoltaics Specialists Conference, Virtual, 15 June 2020 - 19 June 2020
2020
Skinner I; Brown S; Evans R, 2019, 'Unplugged Game-Play Motivates the Study of Engineering Ethics', in Proceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018, pp. 794 - 797, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TALE.2018.8615259
2019
Buratti Y; Sowmya A; Evans R; Trupke T; Hameiri Z, 2019, 'Deep learning on electroluminescence imaging for end-of-line cell binning', Xi'an, Shaanxi, China, presented at 29th International Photovoltaic Science and Engineering Conference 2019, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China, 04 November 2019 - 08 November 2019
2019
Evans R; Wong J, 2019, 'Automated, Real-Time Analysis of PV Manufacturing Data Using a 'loss component' Approach', in Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, IEEE, pp. 372 - 376, presented at 2019 IEEE 46th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), 16 June 2019 - 21 June 2019, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PVSC40753.2019.8981309
2019
Wong J; Evans R; Ghoddami H; MacDonald S; Deans G, 2019, 'Using Physics Models to Analyze Aggregate Inline Measurement Data', in Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, IEEE, pp. 426 - 428, presented at 2019 IEEE 46th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), 16 June 2019 - 21 June 2019, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PVSC40753.2019.8980804
2019
Evans R; Juhl M; Chung D; Mitchell B; Altermatt PP; Trupke T, 2018, 'Influence of Multicrystalline Silicon Ingot Properties on the Fill Factor of PERC Solar Cells', 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. 62 - 65, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2018.8547452
2018
Boreland MB; Evans R, 2016, 'Automated Statistical Algorithms to Interpret Root Cause Variance in Photovoltaic Cell Manufacturing', in Proceedings of 32nd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, 32nd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, Munich, Germany, pp. 925 - 928, presented at 32nd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, Munich, Germany, 20 June 2016 - 24 June 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.4229/EUPVSEC20162016-2BV.7.30
2016
Evans R; Boreland M, 2015, 'A multivariate approach to utilizing mid-sequence process control data', in 2015 IEEE 42nd Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2015, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2015.7356283
2015
Evans R; Stegeman E; Dinkel T; Kloeter B; Stoye P; Petter K; Boreland M, 2015, 'Multivariate Analysis of Wafer Process Data', in Multivariate Analysis of Wafer Process Data, 31st European Photovoltaic and Solar Energy Conference, Hamburg, presented at 31st European Photovoltaic and Solar Energy Conference, Hamburg, 14 September 2015 - 18 September 2015, http://dx.doi.org/10.4229/EUPVSEC20152015-2BV.8.66
2015
Keeratimahat K; Bruce A; Copper JK; Evans R, 2015, 'Temperature Estimation of an Unconventional PV Array using the Sandia Module Temperature Model', in Egan R; Passey R (ed.), Proceedings of the Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference 2015, Australian PV Institute, Brisbane, presented at Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference 2015, Brisbane, 08 December 2015 - 10 December 2015, http://apvi.org.au/solar-research-conference/index.php?aam_media=2374
2015
Jung M; Teal A; Evans R; Yun JS; Varlamov S; Green MA, 2014, 'Photoluminescence Characterization of Phosphorus Diffusion and Hydrogenation in Continuous Wave Diode Laser Crystallized Si Thin-Film on Glass.', in MRS Proceedings, Springer Science and Business Media LLC, http://dx.doi.org/10.1557/opl.2014.382
2014
Lennon A; Flynn S; Young T; Nampalli N; Edwards M; Evans R; Yao Y; Hsiao P; Wang X; Allen V; Chen R; Mai L; Sugianto A; Vais V; Jordan D; Egan R; Wenham S, 2014, 'Addressing Perceived Barriers to the Adoption of Plated Metallisation for Silicon Photovoltaic Manufacturing', in Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Conference, Australian Solar Energy Society, 52nd Annual Conference of the Australian Solar Energy Society, Melbourne, presented at 52nd Annual Conference of the Australian Solar Energy Society, Melbourne, 08 May 2014 - 09 May 2014, http://solar.org.au/papers/14papers/%2318_final.pdf
2014
Evans R; Dore J; Van Voorthuysen E; Zhu J; Green MA, 2014, 'Data mining photovoltaic cell manufacturing data', in 2014 IEEE 40th Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2014, pp. 2699 - 2704, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2014.6925486
2014
Nampalli N; Jordan D; Lennon A; Evans R; Wenham S; Edwards M, 2014, 'Outdoor testing of field-aged BP Saturn modules with Nickel-Copper plated contacts', in Proceedings of the 6th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, 6th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, Kyoto, presented at 6th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, Kyoto, 23 November 2014 - 27 November 2014
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
Yun JS; Huang J; Kim KH; Varlamov S; Evans R; Green M, 2013, 'Material characteristics of crystalline Si thin-film solar cells on glass fabricated by diode laser crystallization', in Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, pp. 628 - 630, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2013.6744229
2013
Edwards MB; Evans R; Söderström T; Sugianto A; Koschier L; Wenham S, 2013, 'HIGH EFFICIENCY WITH ALMOST NO METALLISATION: MULTIPLE BUSBAR WIRE INTERCONNECTION OF PLATED SOLAR CELLS', in Mine A; Jager-Waldau A; Helm P (eds.), Proceedings of the 28th European Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, The 28th European Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, Paris, France, presented at The 28th European Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, Paris, France, 30 September 2013 - 04 October 2013
2013
Varlamov SV; Eggleston BD; Dore J; Evans R; Ong D; Kunz O; Huang J; Schubert U; Kim KH; Egan R; Green MA, 2013, 'Diode laser processed crystalline silicon thin-film solar cells', in Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, The Society, Bellingham, WA, presented at Laser-Based Micro- and Nanopackaging and Assembly VII, LBMP 2013, San Francisco, CA, 06 February 2013 - 07 February 2013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2002247
2013
Edwards M; Ji J; Sugianto A; Soederstroem T; Griscke R; Evans R; Lennon A; Nampalli N; Wenham S; Suntech R, 2013, 'High Efficiency at Module Level with Almost No Cell Metallisation : Multiple Wire Interconnection of Reduced Metal Solar Cells', in 39th IEEE Photovoltaics Specialists Conference, pp. 4 - 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2013.6744911
2013
Dore J; Evans R; Eggleston B; Varlamov S; Green MA, 2012, 'Intermediate Layers for Thin-Film Polycrystalline Silicon Solar Cells on Glass Formed by Diode Laser Crystallization', in MRS Online Proceedings Library, Cambridge, San Francisco, pp. 63 - 68, presented at Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, San Francisco, 01 April 2012 - 05 April 2012, http://dx.doi.org/10.1557/opl.2012.866
2012
Eggleston B; Varlamov S; Huang J; Evans R; Dore J; Green MA, 2012, 'Large Grained, Low Defect Density Polycrystalline Silicon on Glass Substrates by Large-area Diode Laser Crystallisation', in Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, vol. 1426, Materials Research Society, San Francisco, CA, pp. 251 - 256, presented at MRS Spring 2012 Symposium, San Francisco, CA, 09 April 2012 - 13 April 2012, http://dx.doi.org/10.1557/opl.2012.1260
2012
Journal articles
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Kunz O; Evans RJ; Juhl MK; Trupke T, 2020, 'Understanding partial shading effects in shingled PV modules', Solar Energy, vol. 202, pp. 420 - 428, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2020.03.032
2020
Zafirovska I; Juhl MK; Ciesla A; Evans R; Trupke T, 2019, 'Low temperature sensitivity of implied voltages from luminescence measured on crystalline silicon solar cells', Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, vol. 199, pp. 50 - 58, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solmat.2019.04.009
2019
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
Evans R; Boreland M; Green MA, 2018, 'A holistic review of mismatch loss: From manufacturing decision making to losses in fielded arrays', Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, vol. 174, pp. 214 - 224, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solmat.2017.08.041
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
Evans R; Boreland M, 2017, 'Multivariate Data Analytics in PV Manufacturing—Four Case Studies Using Manufacturing Datasets', IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, vol. 8, pp. 38 - 47, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/JPHOTOV.2017.2778571
2017
Evans R; Kim KH; Wang X; Sugianto A; Chen X; Chen R; Green MA, 2015, 'Simplified technique for calculating mismatch loss in mass production', Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, vol. 134, pp. 236 - 243, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solmat.2014.11.036
2015
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; 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
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
Steffens S; Becker C; Zollondz JH; Chowdhury A; Slaoui A; Lindekugel S; Schubert U; Evans R; Rech B, 2013, 'Defect annealing processes for polycrystalline silicon thin-film solar cells', Materials Science and Engineering B: Solid-State Materials for Advanced Technology, vol. 178, pp. 670 - 675, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mseb.2012.11.002
2013
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; 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
Conference Abstracts
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Evans R; Kunz O; Bilbao J, 2019, 'Validation of assembly and deployment quality for a pre-fabricated PV array', in Proceedings of the Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference 2019, Australian PV Institute, Canberra, presented at Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference, Canberra
2019
Evans R; Kerkhofs X; Kunz O; Bilbao J, 2019, 'Harvesting photons using High Ground Coverage Ratio approaches', in Proceedings of the Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference 2019, Australian PV Institute, Canberra, presented at Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference, Canberra
2019
Book Chapters
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Lennon A; Evans R, 2017, 'Manufacturing of Various PV Technologies', in Photovoltaic Solar Energy, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, pp. 463 - 477, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781118927496.ch42
2017