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  • Solar Researcher Named New South Wales Scientist of the Year
Sep 2008
MartinGreen.jpgSolar energy researcher Martin Green, a professor at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia, has been named New South Wales Scientist of the Year. Professor Green, executive research director of the Australian Research Council Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence at UNSW, was recognized with the state’s highest award for science for his innovative work in solar cell development. Green has led the development of the highest efficiency silicon solar cells and is a co-inventor of second-generation silicon-on-glass solar cell technology, which dramatically cuts the cost of manufacturing solar cells by reducing the amount of silicon used. He is now working on high-efficiency third generation thin-film photovoltaic technology. Green received 40,000 AUD for the main award and 5000 AUD for also winning in the environment, water, and climate change sciences category.

1. A single unit in a device for changing radiant energy to electrical energy or for controlling current flow in a circuit. 2. A single unit in a device whose resistance varies with radiant energy. 3. A single unit of a battery, primary or secondary, for converting chemical energy into electrical energy. 4. A simple unit of storage in a computer. 5. A limited region of space. 6. Part of a lens barrel holding one or more lenses.
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
solar cell
A device for converting sunlight into electrical energy, consisting of a sandwich of P-type and N-type semiconducting wafers. A photon with sufficient energy striking the cell can dislodge an electron from an atom near the interface of the two crystal types. Electrons released in this way, collected at an electrode, can constitute an electrical current.
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