Optics for Solar Energy (SOLAR)

11 - 14 November 2012
Hotel Pullman Eindhoven Cocagne, Eindhoven, Netherlands




A tentative general schedule of the meeting (as well as all meetings in the Congress) is listed below.  Please check back frequently for updates.

  Monday, 12 November Tuesday, 13 November Wednesday, 14 November
E2 Technical Sessions 8:30-18:30 8:30-18:00  8:45-4:00
PV Technical Sessions 8:30-18:30 8:30-18:00 8:30-4:00
SOLAR Technical Sessions 8:30-18:30 8:30-17:45 8:30-4:00
SOLED Technical Sessions 8:30-18:00 8:30-18:00 8:30-4:00
Coffee Breaks 10:00-10:30 
Exhibit Time 8:30-20:30 8:30-18:00 8:30-12:00
Conference Reception 19:00-20:30    
Postdeadline Sessions   18:00-19:30  
Special Events  Reception & Poster Session  Glow Tour Philips Tour


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Plenary Speakers

The Future of Lighting: Beyond Saving Energy

Klaas Vegter; Philips Lighting, Netherlands

The potential of new (LED) lighting technologies to save energy is overwhelming. The impact, however, will be much broader than that. In this talk I will give examples of revolutionary fixture designs and light effects, in which advanced optics play a key role.

Klaas Vegter has been the Chief Technology Officer of Philips Lighting since April 2008. Klaas started his career at Philips in 1985 as a Development Engineer in the Advanced Development Laboratories in Eindhoven.

In 1988, he was posted as a Senior Scientist to Briarcliff Labs, New York, where he applied Silicon on Isolator (SOI) technology to design Power IC’s to drive fluorescent lamps. In 1990 onwards, Klaas returned to Philips Lighting in The Netherlands to lead Advanced Development Departments in Eindhoven, and Product Development groups in Roosendaal, and Turnhout.

From 1999, Klaas was the Senior Director of Lighting Research & Development in Somerset, USA, and from 2001 onwards he became Head of Advanced Development in Eindhoven. In 2003, Klaas added to that the role of Chief Technology Officer of the business group Lamps and transitioned to become Chief Technology Officer of Philips Lighting in 2008.

Klaas holds a degree in Physics from the University of Delft in The Netherlands.

(Credit: http://www.philips-thecenter.org/livable-cities/blogs/Klaas-Vegter)

Ultrahigh-efficiency Solar Cells Based on Nanophotonic Design

Albert Polman; FOM Institute for Atomic & Molecular Physics, Netherlands.

For decades solar-cell efficiencies have remained below the thermodynamic limits. However, new approaches to light management that systematically minimize thermodynamic losses will enable ultrahigh efficiencies previously considered impossible.

Albert Polman obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, in 1989. He was a post-doctoral researcher at AT&T Bell Laboratories until 1991 and then became group leader at the FOM Institute AMOLF in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In 2003 he spent a sabbatical year at CALTECH. Since 2006 he also serves as director of AMOLF. Polman's research focuses on nanophotonics: the control, understanding and application of light using at the nanoscale, with special emphasis on light management in solar cells and optical metamaterials. Polman leads the “Light management in new photovoltaic materials” program at AMOLF. He is member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts And Sciences, Fellow of the Materials Research Society (USA), recipient of an ERC Advanced Investigator Grant (2010) and winner of the ENI Renewable Energy Prize (2012).