The UNSW School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering is internationally recognised for its research groups working across the areas of solar PV (photovoltaics) and renewable energy. Many of our research groups receive funding from the Australian Research Council and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). We welcome partnerships and collaborations across the renewables sector and would love to have a conversation with you about joining us. 

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To effectively decarbonize energy from (fossil) fuels is one of the most important, but most difficult undertakings in the energy field. In the Bioenergy and Renewable Fuels group we address critical problems in the production of several green fuels.   

As distributed energy resources (DERs) including solar PV, batteries and demand-response are installed at increasingly high numbers, their successful integration into electricity industries will be critical to managing costs and reliability, and to the integration of variable renewable energy int

Solar PV contributes a rapidly increasing percentage of Australia’s electricity. More than 95% of the modules being installed in either solar farms or on rooftops are made of silicon solar cells interconnected into modules and then systems.

An exciting area of solar research is exploring the new materials that will become the next generation of solar cells: more efficient, more powerful and with a longer lifespan.

Silicon solar cells dominate the commercial PV industry, but the highest performance solar cells consist of multiple compounds of “III-V” materials (multi-junction solar cells). 

Perovskite solar cells present opportunities to achieve next-generation high efficiency and low-cost solar PV devices, with their efficiency rate rapidly rising from below 4% to over 25% in only a decade. 

Organic and perovskite photovoltaics are extremely attractive candidates for use in next-generation solar cell technologies to generate renewable energy. They’re lightweight, mechanically flexible and offer affordable manufacturing processes.

Lithium-ion batteries are becoming integral to many devices and functions in an energy hungry world. Although this battery technology found its first successes in consumer electronics, lithium-ion batteries are now being adapted for use in electric vehicles.

Our work focuses on increasing the efficiency of solar cells through the use of multiple energy levels, or ‘tandem cells’. Light from the sun (solar photons) comprises a broad spectrum of colours, and therefore much potential energy conversion.

Energy services are critical for all of our health and livelihoods, while enabling productive activities and economic prosperity. However, more than a billion people around the world in rural areas and urban informal settlements do not have access to these services and infrastructure.

Lithium ion batteries that can be charged and discharged at high rates can play a critical role in stabilising electricity grids that draw power from a large fraction of renewable energy generators.

We are a diverse group of photovoltaic engineers and scientists from all over the world, with a focus on high impact, award-winning, fundamental research and industry-focused solar cell technology development.