Richard Corkish

Chief Operating Officer
US - Australia Inst Advance PV
Contact details:
+61 (2) 9385 4068
9385 7762

Office Location: Room 312, Tyree Energy Technologies Building

Chief Operating Officer, Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics

Research interest

Level 1: I explore life cycle assessment of different sorts of solar cells

Level 2: I am interested in how solar modules in stand-alone systems can benefit the lives of people in remote islands of the Pacific Ocean

Level 3: I want to know the impacts of light/shade on bifacial modules

Interest in engineering

Why did you get into engineering?

I got into engineering to combine my desires for improving the world and natural environment with solving technical problems.

What are your research goals?

I hope to participate in driving photovoltaics prices even lower than now, leading to realisation of expectations to further undercut fossil fuel and nuclear electricity.

What do people not understand about what you do?

Many people do not understand that solar photovoltaic generated is remarkably cheap, having reached grid parity in many places and situations, and certain to become even cheaper.

Advice for prospective School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy engineers

This is an exciting opportunity to marry a desire to work with technology and a desire to improve the environmental and social conditions for billions of people.

Lectures/Courses taught

SOLA1070 Sustainable Energy

Students (delete section if not applicable)

Number currently in lab: 6

Student Projects:

Life cycle assessmant for photovoltaic modules

Solar powered LED purification of water

Deployment of Renewable Energy in Developing Countries

Looking for students for projects related to:

Life cycle assessment and recycling for photovoltaic modules

Professional Organisations and Consulting positions

Member, IEEE Electron Devices Society

Editor, IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics

Editorial Board Member, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews

Advisory Committee, National Centre for Photovoltaic Research and Education, IIT Bombay

Awards, Grants, Patents


IAG Eureka Prize for Innovative Solutions to Climate Change, 2008


Australia US Institute for Advanced Photovoltaics/ Australian Institute for Advanced Photovoltaics (and extensions)


PhD in Electrical Engineering from UNSW

Bachelor of Communications Engineering from RMIT