Optics for Solar Energy (SOLAR)

02 - 05 December 2014
Energy Change Institute, Australian National University, Canberra , Australia

SOLAR focuses on optics for solar energy applications including design, modeling, integration of novel materials, manufacture, field-testing and deployment, and economics.  All forms of solar energy generation, transmission and storage – from thermal to photovoltaic to novel methods – will be covered. The program will highlight presentations spanning technology, public policy and finance.

SOLAR Keynote

Roland WinstonRoland Winston
University of California Merced

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César Domínguez
Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique

Program Chair
Wojciech Lipinski
Australian National University

Program Chair
Takashi Yabe
Tokyo Institute of Technology

Program Chair

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Steven Chu, Stanford University, USA, Plenary

James G. Anderson, Anderson Group, Harvard University, USA, Keynote

Toshihiko Iwasaki, Konica Minolta, Japan, Keynote

Martin Green,  University of South Wales, Australia, Keynote

Roland Winston, University of California Merced, USA, Keynote

Leonid Dombrovsky, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia, Simple Physical Models for Engineering Estimates Of Radiative Transfer In Particle Clouds and Dispersed Materials, Invited

Alain Ferriere, CNRS, France, Concentrating Systems for Solar Thermal Electricity: State-of-the-art and Future Trends, Invited

James Foresi, Suncore Photovoltaic Technology Co., Ltd, United States, Suncore's CPV Technology for Large-scale Grid-connected Solar Power Plants , Invited

Stephen Goodnick, Arizona State University, United States, High Temperature Ingan Topping Cells for Hybrid Photovoltaic/concentrating Solar Thermal Systems , Invited

Jeffrey Gordon, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, Solar Conversion By Rectifying Antennas: A New Paradigm , Invited

Michael Haney, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, United States, Micro-scale Concentrated Photovoltaics: A Technologically Disruptive Approach To Flat-panel Solar Cells? , Invited

Kazuo Hasegawa, Toyota Central R&D Labs Inc, Japan, Solar-pumped Laser and Its Application To Energy Conversion , Invited

Thorsten Hornung, Fraunhofer ISE, Germany, Characterization Of Optics for Concentrating Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Applications , Invited

Abraham Kribus, Tel-Aviv University, Israel, Solar Electricity with Photon-enhanced Thermionic Emission (pete) , Invited

Tohru Nakagawa, Panasonic Corporation, Japan, High-efficiency Thin and Compact Concentrator Photovoltaics with Micro-solar Cells Directly Attached to Lens Array , Invited

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Congress Special Events

Plenary Session
Congress Reception
Joint Poster Session
Congress Banquet
Energy Policy Session
Discussion Panel Forum
Publish in Optics Express
Best Student Presentation Award

Plenary Session
Friday, 5 December
09:00 -10:00

Steven Chu is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Humanities and Sciences and Professor of Physics and Molecular & Cellular Physiology at Stanford University.  His research program encompasses atomic physics, quantum electronics, energy and energy economics, and biophysics and biomedicine that tests fundamental theories in physics, the development of methods to laser cool and trap atoms, atom interferometry, and the study of polymers and biological systems at the single molecule level.  For his work developing the theory of laser cooling of atoms, he was co-recipient the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997.  From January 2009 until April 2013, Dr. Chu served as the 12th U.S. Secretary of Energy, being the first scientist to hold a cabinet position.  For more information on the Plenary speaker see the plenary page

Congress Reception
Tuesday, 2 December
University House
18:30 - 19:30

Join your fellow attendees for the Congress Reception. Enjoy delectable fare while networking. The reception is open to committee/presenting author/student and full conference attendees. Conference attendees may purchase extra tickets for their guest. (Times subject to change. Please check your Congress program)

Joint Poster Session
Wednesday, 3 December
18:30 - 20:00
Posters are an integral part of the technical program and offer a unique networking opportunity, where presenters can discuss their results one-to-one with interested parties. Each author is provided with a board on which to display the summary and results of his or her paper.

Congress Banquet
Thursday, 4 December
National Museum of Australia
19:00 - 21:00

This will be a ticketed event. 

As apart of the Congress experience, paid Full technical and Student attendees are invited to the Congress Dinner a the National Museum of Australia.  This event requires a ticket and should be checked off at the time of registration. A ticket must be presented at entry. Guest tickets may be purchased during Registration hours prior to Wednesday, 4 December.  Congress Management will be providing shuttle buses to and from the event location. The bus pickup will begin at 19:00 in the front of the Manning Clark Centre.  The last bus will depart at 19:20.  Buses will drop off and pickup in a location close to the main entrance of the museum. 

The National Museum of Australia is a social history museum. The Museum explores the land, nation and people of Australia. It focuses on Indigenous histories and cultures, histories of European settlement and our interaction with the environment.  Visit the The National Museum of Australia's website for information and details.

Policy Session
Thursday, 4 December
16:30 - 17:30
Abstracts are being sought for a special session on energy policy to be held from 16.30 – 17.30 on Thursday 4th December.  This session would immediately precede the Discussion Panel Forum on “the Future of Energy with Light” from 17.30 – 19.00.   Topics for presentation in the special policy session will include energy economics, sociology and policy aspects related to the deployment of energy technology.
The Future of Energy with Light Discussion Panel Forum
Thursday, 4 December
17:30 - 19:00
A plenary Discussion Panel Forum on “the Future of Energy with Light” will be held from 17.30 – 19.00 on Thursday 4th December.  The panel members are:

  • Professor Ken Baldwin (Director, ANU ECI - moderator)
  • Professor Steve Chu (Stanford, and former Energy Secretary to President Obama)
  • Hans-Josef Fell (architect of renewable energy policy in the German Parliament)
  • Professor Armin Aberle (Director, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore)
  • Dr. Charlie Wang (CEO of Suncore, China)
  • Professor Andrew Blakers (Director, Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems, ANU ECI)

The discussion panel will be followed by the Congress dinner at the National Museum of Australia – 19:00 - 21:00.

Publish in Optics Express
A special issue from OSA's Light, Energy and the Environment Congress will be published in Optics Express/Energy Express. All presenters are welcome to submit to the special issue. Submission deadline for journal articles will be 1 February 2015. More details will be posted here soon.

Best Student Presentation Awards
Two student presenters will be selected onsite to receive the Best Student Paper Award.  Judging will be conducted by members of the Program Committee attending the meeting and winners will recive a complimentary registration to the 2015 Light, Energy, and the Environment Congress in Suzhou, China.  A brief awards ceremony will be held during the Closing Ceremony of the Congress to announce the winners and present them with certificates.

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