Professor Andrew Blakers

BSc, PhD
College of Engineering & Computer Science
T: +61 2 6125 5905

Areas of expertise

  • Renewable Power And Energy Systems Engineering (Excl. Solar Cells) 090608
  • Photodetectors, Optical Sensors And Solar Cells 090605

Research interests

Solar photovoltaic energy: silicon solar cells, solar concentrator systems, PV tandems

Energy policy, economics and markets

Pumped hydro energy storage

100% renewable energy

Biography

Andrew Blakers is E2 Professor of Engineering at the Australian National University. He has held several personal Fellowships (Humboldt, ARC Queen Elizabeth II, ARC Senior Research and Radio Research Board). He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Australian Institute of Physics and the Australian Institute of Energy, and is a Life Member of the International Solar Energy Society and the Australian Conservation Foundation.

He is a Public Policy Fellow at ANU in recognition of his extensive outreach activities. He has published more than 400 papers and patents, has won numerous national and international awards, and contributes to numerous review and granting panels. Leadership roles have included founder of the ANU photovoltaic group and research laboratories, Foundation Director of the Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems, Node Director of the ARENA Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics, Director of the ARC Centre for Solar Energy Systems, and Node Director of the Australian CRC for Renewable Energy.

He was a lead inventor of PERC silicon solar cell technology (cumulative module sales of $50 billion) and co-inventor of Sliver solar cell technology (subject of a $240 million commercialisation effort by Transform solar including $11 million royalties paid to ANU). He has extensive project management experience, and has procured about $120 million in externally-sourced research-related funding for ANU.

In recent years he has contributed to analysis of 100% renewable energy futures, including a global search for pumped hydro energy storage sites; see http://re100.eng.anu.edu.au/

Available student projects

100% renewable energy

Projects are available in the general area of 100% renewable energy. This could include examining options for high levels of renewables in a particular country, province or city; calculating pathways to high levels of renewables; options for PV panels in densely populated countries such as floating, maritime, rooftop and agrivoltacs; balancing high levels of renewables with extra transmission and storage; critiques of renewables modelling by organisations such as the IEA, IPCC or national & state Governments; Renewable Energy Zones; and renewable electrification of transport, air & water heating and industrial heating.

Publications

Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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