SOLAR brings together leading international experts in optical sciences and technology for capturing solar radiation and utilizing it via photovoltaic or solar-thermal systems. The key underpinning theme is the use of optics for improving solar energy conversion technologies.
The meeting covers the latest developments in nanophotonics, advanced silicon wafer solar cells and advanced materials for the next generation of solar cells. This includes all aspects of novel materials, structures and optical nanostructures, ranging from surface coatings, textures and diffraction gratings through to emerging topics such as plasmonics, nanowires, quantum dots, multi-junction solar cells and perovskites, amongst many others.
It also explores the range of optical elements for collecting, guiding, concentrating, coupling, trapping, transforming and absorbing sunlight – particularly for solar-thermal and concentrator systems. As optical components typically constitute the largest fraction of cost of such systems, the scope includes research devoted to improving all optical aspects of solar systems to enhance the performance, reduce costs and maximize reliability.
Attendees will be presented with overarching topics such as the techno-economic analysis of optics for solar energy, as well as optics in solar forecasting, atmospheric research and measurement, laser-based diagnostics of reactive solar-thermal flows and other fields. The aim is to bring together solar energy researchers with the broader global optical research community to identify and promote such synergies.
For 2018, this meeting merges Optical Nanostructures and Advanced Materials for Photovoltaics (PV) and Optics for Solar Energy (SOLAR).
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