Dr Richard Corkish
Chief Operating Officer

Dr Richard Corkish

Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering

Chief Operating Officer, Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics

Research interest

Level 1: Sustainabilty assessment of different solar cells, modules, end-of-life processes

Level 2: End-of-life management (including reverse logistics, reuse and recycling) of solar modules

Level 3: Remote renewable energy systems that can benefit the lives of people in remote islands of the Pacific Ocean

Interest in engineering

Why did you get into engineering?

I got into engineering to combine my desires for improving the world and natural environment with solving technical problems.

What are your research goals?

Participate and support driving photovoltaics prices even lower and lives even longer than now, leading to realisation of expectations to wipe out fossil fuel and nuclear electricity.

Help the remote communities in remote Pacific islands to access sustainable and affordable energy services.

What do people not understand about what you do?

A few people choose to not understand that solar photovoltaic generated is remarkably cheap, ready and able to replace the fossil fuel economy that has supported our past and will destroy our future if we allow it to persist.

Advice for prospective School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy engineers

This is an exciting opportunity to marry a desire to work with technology and a desire to improve the environmental and social conditions for billions of people. 

Lectures/Courses taught

SOLA1070 Sustainable Energy

SOLA4951, 4952, 4953

SOLA9451, 9452, 9453

Students (delete section if not applicable)

Student Projects:

Renewable Energy (solar, hydro, geothermal) in the islands of the South Pacific Ocean.

A financial payback model for recycling silicon solar modules

Looking for students for projects related to:

Sustainability assessment for photovoltaic cells, modules and processes for aggregation, reuse and recycling

Solar module end0of-life technology

Professional Organisations and Consulting positions

PV Technical Committee Member, IEEE Electron Devices Society

Editorial Board Member, IoP Progress in Energy

Advisory Committee, National Centre for Photovoltaic Research and Education, IIT Bombay

Awards, Grants, Patents


IAG Eureka Prize for Innovative Solutions to Climate Change, 2008


NSW EPA, E3Sixty Solar: Circular Solar Trial

Australia US Institute for Advanced Photovoltaics/ Australian Institute for Advanced Photovoltaics (and extensions)


PhD in Electrical Engineering from UNSW

Bachelor of Communications Engineering from RMIT


+61 (2) 9385 4068
Office Location: Room 312, Tyree Energy Technologies Building
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Dias P; Schmidt L; Monteiro Lunardi M; Chang NL; Spier G; Corkish R; Veit H, 2021, 'Comprehensive recycling of silicon photovoltaic modules incorporating organic solvent delamination – technical, environmental and economic analyses', Resources, Conservation and Recycling, vol. 165, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2020.105241
    Journal articles | 2018
    Monteiro Lunardi M; Alvarez Gaitan J; Bilbao J; Corkish R, 2018, 'Life Cycle Assessment of Silicon-Based Tandem Solar Photovoltaics and their End-of-Life', Indonesian Journal of Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainability, vol. 2, pp. 1 - 1, http://ijolcas.ilcan.or.id/index.php/IJoLCAS

2008 IAG Eureka Prize for Innovative Solutions to Climate Change (on behalf of School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering)

Recycling of silicon solar cells, modules, systems

Life cycle assessment of solar cells, modules, systems

Renewable energy (solar, hydro, geothermal) implementation in remote Pacific islands

My Research Supervision

SOLA4951, 4952, 4953

SOLA9451, 9452, 9453

My Teaching

I supervise Bachelor and Coursework Masters students for final year thesis projects.