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OSA Incubator Takes on Precision Measurements in Air Quality

According to the United Nations Environment Program, more than 1 billion people are exposed to outdoor air pollution annually. Urban air pollution is linked to up to 1 million premature deaths and 1 million pre-native deaths each year. Urban air pollution is estimated to cost approximately 2% of GDP in developed countries and 5% in developing countries. By organizing this Incubator on ...

Added:18 May 2016

Summary and outlook for Light, Energy and the Environment Congress

As a researcher working in the photonics field, I found this Congress was extremely useful. I attended many solar energy related conferences before and I had been always struggling to understand the technique jargons in solar cell research. And I wouldn’t bother to record so many details on thin-film deposition, which are highly equipment dependent. This time I am very glad to find that...

Added:15 Dec 2014

Day Four: Nobel Laureate addressed Solar Energy in a Sustainable World

In the first plenary session of the Congress today, the Nobel Laureate, Professor Steven Chu presented a talk on “Solar Energy in a Sustainable World”. He reminded the audience that almost all energy formats including fossil fuel, wind, fission, geothermal energy are ultimately derived from the sun. He also raised the very important but often neglected point that from system point...

Added:15 Dec 2014

Hot making cold with optics for energy

On the second day of the OSA Incubator on the Fundamental Limits of Optical Energy Conversion the discussion shifted towards control and use of thermal radiation for power generation and cooling.

Added:20 Nov 2014

Developments in Optics for Energy Conversion

The first day of the Fundamental Limits of Optical Energy Conversion Incubator as full of intriguing talks on a myriad of topics related to optical energy conversion.

Added:18 Nov 2014

OSA Incubator on the Fundamental Limits of Optical Energy Conversion

The conversion of light to electricity or heat is a crucial process towards developing more sustainable, environmentally friendly technologies that will offset our reliance on traditional fossil fuels. Indeed, the rapid growth in the photovoltaics industry in recent years is just one example that points towards the ever increasing role of light-based energy conversion technologies in the future...

Added:13 Nov 2014

The OSA Photovoltaics Meeting - Optics and Energy Needs

I have worked at Swinburne University of Technolgy in Australia as a senior scientist in the field of nanophotoncs solar cell since 2010. For people who are not familar with this field, basically we design nanostructures and nanomaterials to allow more light going into solar cells and help the light to be trapped inside the cells. This way, more electricity can be harvested from solar cells...

Added:13 Aug 2014