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authored 4 years ago:

IPS-20: Solar minds meet in Berlin

Many of us will be at the 20th International Conference on Photochemical Conversion and Storage of Solar Energy this week. I've been really looking forward to this, because there is so much innovation in this field and it will be great to hear the latest news.

Here's what Roel van de Krol, who chairs the conference, writes in his welcome note: "Organized every two years since 1974, the IPS conference series offers researchers from academia and industry a forum to meet and discuss the latest progress in photochemical energy conversion and storage. Since the previous IPS conference in Pasadena in 2012, there have been exciting developments in the field of photochemical energy conversion. Examples are the spectacular development of perovskite-based solar cells (cited by Science as one of the Top-10 scientific breakthroughs in 2013), and the impressive progress being made on materials and devices for photoelectrochemical water splitting and CO2 conversion.

Despite these breakthroughs and new insights, many questions on e.g. photo-induced charge transfer, electrocatalytic reaction mechanisms, effective light management strategies and chemical engineering aspects of photochemical devices remain to be answered."

I will be tweeting as much as I can at @HZBzlog and hopefully give an occasional update here, too.

If you are at the conference, you are very welcome to add your comments here as well.

If you are not here, but have questions to the conference speakers, please post them here and I will try to get hold of some answers for you.

  • authored 4 years ago:

    I was thrilled by the talk of Michael Graetzel, who has build up the research on Dye Sensitized Solar Cells. And he said: Silicon is here to stay! My conclusion: There is no: one size fits all! We will need many different types of PV materials, each of it for specific purposes.