Emeritus Professor Andrew Blakers

BSc, PhD
ANU College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics
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

Research and public discussion around 100% renewable energy futures and the large role that this plays in reducing greenhouse emissions.

Pumped hydro energy storage: off-river pumped hydro as a very large-scale low-cost and mature energy storage technology to support 100% renewable energy futures.


Andrew Blakers is Emeritus Professor of Engineering

Employment: Engineering at ANU (1991-2022); Fellowships: ARC Senior (ANU, 1992-97); ARC Queen Elizabeth II (UNSW, 1986-91); Alexander von Humboldt (Max Planck Institut für Festkörperforschung, Germany, 1989-90); Radio Research Board (UNSW, 1984-86).


  • Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Australian Institute of Physics, the Australian Institute of Energy and the Royal Society of New South Wales
  • Life Member of the International Solar Energy Society and the Australian Conservation Foundation
  • ANU Node Director of the ARENA Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics
  • Chair, International Advisory Panel, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore

Research, grants and industry engagement 

  • World record efficient silicon solar cells with reported efficiencies of 18% (1984), 19% (1984), 20% (1986) and 22% (1989).
  • PERC silicon solar cells: Co-inventor and first author on the first papers. The cell design constitutes most of the global solar market and has achieved cumulative global module sales of ~$130 Billion
  • Sliver solar cell co-inventor: the subject of a $240 million commercialisation effort by Transform Solar
  • Instrumental in establishment of the Australian Solar Institute in 2007/08 (forerunner of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency).
  • Leading the global pumped hydro energy storage project
  • Leading the 100% renewable energy futures group and the global pumped hydro energy storage project
  • Founded the solar cell research group at ANU in 1991 (65 staff and PhD students)
  • External funds procured since 1979 ~$150 million
  • 500 articles; h-index of 49
  • Numerous prizes and awards

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.


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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