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Matthew Lumb

(George Washington University / US Naval Research Laboratory)

41.2% Efficient Mini-Module which Harvests the Full Solar Spectrum

Monday, May 01, 10:00 - 10:30

Dr. Matthew Lumb received a MSci Physics degree in 2005 from the University of Durham, UK, and gained his Ph.D  in 2009 from Imperial College London in the field of semiconductor quantum dots. In 2009, Dr. Lumb was appointed the lead modeler for QuantaSol Ltd., manufacturing state of the art, multi-junction solar cells using strain-balanced quantum wells. In 2011, Dr. Lumb joined The George Washington University, based full time at the Naval Research Laboratory, in Washington DC. Here he has been the lead developer of NRL MultiBands®, a versatile III-V optoelectronic device modeling tool, and his research activities include numerous aspects of photovoltaics R&D, including high efficiency, multi-junction solar cells. He has authored and co-authored over 80 conference and journal articles.

In conventional MJ solar cells, anywhere from 5% to 20% of the solar spectrum is transmitted through the cell and wasted. Using GaSb-based materials, we have been able to efficiently capture the entire solar spectrum, and outline a roadmap to the ultimate practically-achievable solar cell.


John Paul Morgan

(Morgan Solar Inc.)

Why Hasn't CPV Taken Off Yet and Will the Future Look Different?

Tuesday, May 02, 12:00 - 12:30

John Paul Morgan founded Morgan Solar in 2007 to develop next generation solar technology and to make solar energy the world’s most accessible and affordable energy source. Now serving as CTO, John Paul leads on product development and commercialization.
John Paul’s previous work includes collaborating on the development of a space telescope with the Canadian Space Agency, inventing and developing high-tech fibre optic technology solutions with telecommunications industry giant, JDS Uniphase, and managing complex logistics and hundreds of staff for international aid projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
John Paul earned a Master’s Degree in Applied Science from the University of Toronto, where he currently holds a position as a member of the Governing Council.

CPV has a long and fascinating history, but has failed to materialize on the same scale as conventional PV. What has held CPV back historically? What is the future going to look like?


Richard Perez

(University at Albany)

Achieving Very High Solar Penetration

Wednesday, May 03, 12:10 - 12:40

Richard Perez directs solar energy research at U. Albany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center. He sits on the Advisory Board of the GW University’s Solar Institute, and has served multiple terms on the board of ASES and as associate editor of Solar Energy Journal. He has produced over 250 journal articles, book chapters and conference papers. He holds US patents on energy storage, and load management. He has received several international awards including a Certificate for Outstanding Research from the USDOE, ASES highest award: the Charles Greeley Abbot Award; and the First International Building and Daylight Award from the Velux Foundation, and ISES highest distinction: the Farrington Daniels Award, for outstanding contributions in science, technology and engineering of solar energy.

Whether it is from PV, CPV, or CSP, solar power is inherently intermittent. However there are operational solutions. When optimally implemented they will enable high PV penetration with firm power delivery guarantees and could enable solar to entirely displace conventional generation.


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