Reminder: Today 4:15pm - OSA/SPIE Seminar: Dr. Richard Swanson, President & CTO, SunPower

Dany-Sebastien Ly-Gagnon dalyx at
Thu Nov 29 14:19:03 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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