Plenary talks on green energy research from two major photonics labs and a panel of experts exploring the latest trends in commercialization of photovoltaics technology.
The talks were recorded at SPIE Optics and Photonics in San Diego in August 2010.
Ed Moses, director of the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Lab, talks about recent progress toward the goal of creating fusion energy by ignition of a small target containing deuterium and tritium, and about the potential outcome of the experiment's success: the LIFE (laser fusion energy) system with the potential to power a million homes with a facility the size of NIF. The Building of the National Ignition Facility presentation
Jeffrey Tsao (Sandia National Labs) predicts a solid-state lighting (SSL) revolution in 2012, when SSL will surpass compact fluorescent lighting in cost efficiency with sufficient color-conversion quality to become the most viable lighting solution available. Solid State Lighting: Science, Technology and Economic Perspectives presentation
Solar panel discussion: Commercialization of Emerging Photovoltaics Technologies
Moderators Loucas Tsakalakos (GE Global Research) and Sean Shaheen (Univ. of Denver) give an overview of the current commercial state of photovoltaic technology -- silicon prices have dropped and therefore silicon-based solutions are growing. Panelists John Rogers (Univ. of Illinois), Gang Li (Solarmer Energy Inc.), Christoph Brabec (Friedrich-Alexander-Univ. Erlangen-Nürnberg), Gavin Conibeer (ARC Photovoltaics Center of Excellence, Univ. of New South Wales), Anders Olsson (Abound Solar), and Tom Tibbits (QuantaSol) discuss recent advances in a variety of technologies, and the latest world records for efficiency in solar-energy systems. Panel discussion audio podcast: Commercialization of Emerging Photovoltaics Technologies (MP3)