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The Australian National University

Professor Andrew Blakers

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

Areas of expertise

  • Renewable Power And Energy Systems Engineering (Excl. Solar Cells) 090608
  • Environmental Technologies 090703
  • Photodetectors, Optical Sensors And Solar Cells 090605
  • Electrical And Electronic Engineering 0906

Research interests

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

Energy policy, economics and markets

Pumped hydro energy storage

Biography

Andrew Blakers is Professor of Engineering at the Australian National University. He has held four personal Fellowships (a Humboldt Fellowship, the Queen Elizabeth II and Senior Research Fellowships of the Australian Research Council, and a Radio Research Board Fellowship). 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 Foundation Director of the Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems at ANU, 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 lead inventor of PERC silicon solar cell technology (current sales about $9 billion per year) and co-inventor of Sliver solar cell technology, the 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 more than $100 million in externally-sourced research-related funding. In recent years he has contributed to analysis of 100% renewable energy futures, including pumped hydro energy storae\ge.

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