11/29/07 - OSA/SPIE Seminar: Dr. Richard Swanson, President & CTO, SunPower

Thomas T. Lee leet at stanford.edu
Mon Nov 19 13:46:52 PST 2007

Optical Society of America/SPIE Stanford Student Chapter
and Stanford Photonics Research Center Present

Dr. Richard Swanson, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, President, and Chief Technology Officer
SunPower Corporation

Developments in Silicon Solar Cells

Thursday, November 29, 2007
4:15 pm, Hewlett 201
Refreshments at 4:00pm


Silicon solar cells are undergoing rapid development resulting in 
increasing performance and reduced cost. This talk discusses the major 
and efficiency limitations and cost elements of silicon solar cells, and 
shows how these are being improved. A roadmap to achieving grid 
electricity cost parity by 2012 through halving the installed cost of 
photovoltaic systems will be outlined.

About Our Speaker

Richard Swanson received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from 
Stanford University in 1974. In 1976 he joined the faculty at Stanford. 
Prof. Swanson and his group conceived and developed the point-contact 
solar cell. Laboratory versions of these cells achieved record 28 
percent conversion efficiency in concentrator cells and 23 percent 
large-area one-sun cells.

In 1991 Dr. Swanson resigned from his faculty position to devote full 
time to SunPower Corporation, a company he founded to develop and 
commercialize cost-effective photovoltaic power systems. He is presently 
President and CTO of SunPower. Along with his students and co-workers, 
he has published over 200 articles in journals and conference 
proceedings, as well as several book chapters. In 2002, he was awarded 
the William R. Cherry award by the IEEE for outstanding contributions to 
the photovoltaic field, and in 2006 the Becquerel Prize in Photovoltaics 
from the European Communities.

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