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
  • 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 electricity for the Bega Valley

Clean Energy for Eternity (https://cleanenergyforeternity.net.au/) advocates 100% renewable electricity for the Bega Valley by 2030. This project quantifies the proposal.  

  • Find out how good the local wind and sun is
  • Estimate the amount of PV that could be accommodated on district rooftops
  • Find out the capacity of the local transmission and substations
  • Find out local electricity consumption
  • Optimse local PV and wind to reach the 100% target (on an annual basis).

Note that this project could be done for another shire instead.

 

Renewable Energy Zones

REZ (https://www.aemo.com.au/-/media/Files/Electricity/NEM/Planning_and_Forecasting/ISP/2018/Integrated-System-Plan-2018_final.pdf) combine wind, PV, pumped hydro storage and transmission back to a city, all located within a single district, to yield a combined output that is despatchable. In this project you will choose a REZ and analyse it in technical and economic detail, taking account of the time-varying hourly output of PV and wind farms and the storage capacity.

 

 

 

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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