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

23 April 2015

Location and time: Thursday 30th April, 12:00 in TETB LG07.

TITLE: Chemical Lithography and its applications for Commercial High Efficiency Silicon Solar Cells

22 April 2015

Location and time: Wednesday 22nd April, 12:00 in TETB LG03

TITLE: Silicon material requirements for high efficiency solar cells

16 April 2015

Location and time: Thursday 23rd April, 12:00 in TETB LG07.

TITLE: EMIL – a novel characterization platform for energy materials research at the BESSY II synchrotron light source

27 April 2015
5.00pm to 7.00pm
28 April 2015
3.00pm to 6.00pm

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.