Andrew Blakers

Professor, Australian National University

Andrew Blakers is E2 Professor of Engineering at the Australian National University. His research interests are in silicon photovoltaic solar cells and renewable energy systems. He has procured $120 million in research funding for ANU. He is co-inventor of the Sliver solar cell, and also of the PERC silicon solar cell which currently is mitigating 1% of global greenhouse gas emissions, has 60% of the global solar market and cumulative module sales of $50 billion. He is engaged in detailed analysis of energy systems with high (50-100%) penetration by wind and photovoltaics with support from pumped hydro energy storage (for which he was co-winner of the 2018 Eureka Prize for Environmental Research).

 

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