Dr Rong Deng
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Rong Deng

Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering

Rong Deng is a Postdoctoral research fellow at the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, University of New South Wales. She completed her PhD on "End-of-life Recycling of Silicon Photovoltaic Modules: Towards A Circular Economy" in 2021, and she obtained the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours Class I) in 2018 at UNSW. Her research focuses on sustainable end-life-life management of silicon photovoltaic modules, from both a technological and economic perspective. Her paper "A techno-economic review of silicon photovoltaic module recycling" received high praises from leading experts in this field, and have been recognised as a  "PV Recycling textbook" among the industry. 

Her research interests include:

  • End-of-life management of photovoltaics panels
  • End-markets for recycled module materials 
  • PV sustainability 
  • Large PV modules 
  • Journal articles | 2019
    Deng R; Chang NL; Ouyang Z; Chong CM, 2019, 'A techno-economic review of silicon photovoltaic module recycling', Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, vol. 109, pp. 532 - 550, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2019.04.020

  • Forbes 30 under 30 Asia List - Healthcare & Science, 2022.

  • Australia Global Talent, Department of Home Affairs, 2020.

  • 1st Runner up of SPREE Three Minute Thesis Competition entitled “Towards a photovoltaic circular economy”, 2021, Sydney, Australia.

  • Best Oral Presentation Award entitled "Comparative Economic Assessment of Silicon Photovoltaic Module Recycling", GPVC 2019, Mar 14th, Gwangju, Korea.

  • Best Poster Presentation Award entitled "A Simple Method for rapid recycling of silver from decommissioned silicon photovoltaics.", 36th EUPVSEC, Sep 9-13th, 2019, Marseille, France.

  • Best Poster award entitled “Recovering 15 billion from the Waste: Closed-loop Recycling of End-of-Life Silicon Photovoltaic Modules.” UNSW Engineering PG Symposium, Dec 9-10th, 2019, Sydney, Australia


Selected publications:

Deng, R., Chang, N.L., Ouyang, Z. and Chong, C.M., 2019. A techno-economic review of silicon photovoltaic module recycling. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 109, pp.532-550.

Deng, R., Chang, N., Lunardi, M.M., Dias, P., Bilbao, J., Ji, J. and Chong, C.M., 2021. Remanufacturing end‐of‐life silicon photovoltaics: Feasibility and viability analysis. Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, 29(7), pp.760-774.

Deng, R., Chang, N.L., Green, M., 2021. Studying Behavior Boosts Recycling. Nature Energy, News and Views, volume 6, pp862-863.

Deng, R., Dias, P., Lunardi, M.M., Ji, J., 2021. Sustainable chemical process to recycle end-of-life solar cells. Green Chemistry, 23(24), pp.10157-10167.

Tan, V., Dias, P. R., Chang, N., Deng, R. (2022). Estimating the Lifetime of Solar Photovoltaic Modules in Australia. Sustainability, 14(9), 5336.

Lunardi, M.M., Dias, P.R., Deng, R. and Corkish, R., 2021. Life Cycle Environmental Assessment of Different Solar Photovoltaic Technologies.



My Research Supervision

Verity Tan: Resource demand and supply of photovoltaic modules, with module lifetime, system type, and different markets as key factors

Olivia Bowen: Recovering valuable materials from crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules by electrostatic separation

Hugh Wallace: Qualitative assessment of current attitudes and practices in the Australian Solar Industry towards PV system end-of-life management.

My Teaching

SOLA5051 Life Cycle assessment course convenor.