Towards Sustainable Manufacturing of Solar Energy Technologies at the Tera-Watt Scale
The photovoltaics (PV) industry is well on track towards the multi-TW annual production capacity in the coming decade. With a potential tenfold increase in the manufacturing scale from today, the consumption and availability of key materials such as silver, indium and bismuth will become a critical concern to the PV industry.
Yuchao Zhang is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering at UNSW. He received his BE in Photovoltaics and Solar Energy from UNSW in 2019 with Honours Class 1 and The University Medal. His research interests including laser processing, defect engineering and metallization for silicon solar cells. A key focus of his current research is developing novel screen-printing method to significantly reduce the silver consumption in industrial silicon solar cells.