On behalf of the Argonne-Northwestern Solar Energy Research (ANSER) Center, a U.S. Department of Energy (Basic Energy Sciences) Energy Frontier Research Center, and the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), we are pleased to welcome you to the 10th annual ANSER Solar Energy Symposium.
As our understanding of the impact of climate change continues to grow, so too does the global trend towards a clean-energy economy. The benefit of this growth is abundantly evident in the drastic decrease in the cost of renewable electricity where over the course of the last 8 years, the cost of electricity from rooftop solar photovoltaic installations has fallen 54 percent while that of utility-scale photovoltaics has decreased by 64 percent. Many parties estimate that these photovoltaic energy sources have attracted twice as much global investment as fossil fuels—marking a significant paradigm shift. In addition, the last two years have seen organic photovoltaics reach efficiencies of 11.5 percent, quantum dot solar cells reach efficiencies of 11.3 percent and perovskite solar cells continue their meteoric rise to efficiencies of 22.1 percent, paving the way for even greater decreases in photovoltaic costs. This encouraging march toward a cleaner power sector cannot be ignored, and is built on the foundation of innovative research being carried out at collaborative scientific hubs such as the ANSER Center.
The thematic focus of this year’s Symposium is “Solar Electricity,” and we are honored to host a star-studded lineup of speakers. These photovoltaic leaders will present life-cycle analyses, report the current state-of-the-art, outline challenges ahead, and propose new ideas to pursue in this rapidly growing field of solar photovoltaic research.
Please join us for the entire day, or just for one talk - whatever your schedule may permit. We hope that you will arrive with an open mind, ask questions while you are here, and leave feeling engaged and informed.
We look forward to seeing you on April 27th and 28th!
Michael R. Wasielewski
Clare Hamilton Hall Professor of Chemistry
Director, ANSER Center
Executive Director, ISEN
Marek B. Majewski
ANSER Assistant Director of Operations and Outreach
ANSER Symposium Chair