What is Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering?
Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering is the clever use of what we already have in abundance ~ sunshine, wind and other natural sources of energy. We tame the elements and use them to deliver energy to where it is needed.
Worldwide search for the right PhD student
Scholarship funding is available for a student looking to enroll in a research PhD at UNSW SPREE. Topic: Hydrogenation of crystallographic defects and metal impurities in silicon wafers for photovoltaic applications. All enquiries: Dr Ziv Hameiri (ziv.hameiri@unsw.edu.au)
Our school and research centres have held the world record in high performance silicon solar cell for nearly 30 years. Several of the world’s largest solar companies were established by or have senior managers (e.g. CTO) who are our former researchers or alumni.

Latest News & Events

3 July 2015

Location and time: Thursday 9th July, 12:00 in TETB LG03.

TITLE: Solution Synthesis of Quantum Dots and Nanoparticles and Electron Microscopy Characterization

James Cave speaks at UNSW SPREE
23 June 2015

Location and time: Monday 6th July, 16:00 in TETB LG03.

TITLE: Exploring and Controlling Energy Transport in Organic Semiconductors

Michael Gartner speaks at UNSW SPREE
22 June 2015

Location and time: Thursday 25th June, 12:00 in TETB LG03.

TITLE: Controlling and storing solar power

5 August 2015
9.00am to 4.00pm
19 August 2015
4.00pm to 7.00pm

In Profile - Prof Martin Green

A 40 year history of the World Leading Photovoltaic Labs at UNSW

The photovoltaic laboratories at UNSW commenced in 1974 when Prof Green joined the University. This presentation highlights some of the key events and personalities contributing to the subsequent 40 years history. See Stuart, Zhengrong and Alistair as young students, find out what led to the first 20% efficient silicon cell and the PERC cell, now becoming the industry standard, and find out about our recent 40% result.


An overview of the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering

Solar Cells: ABC Catalyst
A story about our new world record

Featured News - Dr Ashraf Uddin

Researcher Dr Ashraf Udding with organic solar cell

A low-cost, high-efficiency solar cell that can be 'painted' onto building tiles, windows and car roofs, has attracted $1.5 million in seed funding from a top international investor.

Private equity investor Alberto Chang-Rajii, who made the announcement while visiting UNSW, knows a thing or two about identifying “game-changing” technologies and getting in early.

While completing his MBA at Stanford University in the mid-90s, he scraped together $10,000 to purchase 1% of a little-known start-up called Google. His share in the internet giant is today worth an estimated US$3.74 billion.