Plenary & Invited Speakers


The following Plenary speakers are confirmed for the 2017 conference

Martin Green is Scientia Professor at the University of New South Wales, Sydney and Director of the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics, involving several other Australian Universities and research groups. His group’s contributions to photovoltaics are well known and include the record for silicon solar cell efficiency for 30 of the last 34 years, described as one of the “Top Ten” Milestones in the history of solar photovoltaics. Major international awards include the 1999 Australia Prize, the 2002 Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize the 2007 SolarWorld Einstein Awardand, most recently, the 2016 Ian Wark Medal from the Australian Academy of Science.

Werner Weiss is a founding member and director of the Austrian research institute AEE – Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE INTEC) in Gleisdorf and has been working on national and international solar thermal and energy efficiency projects since the beginning of the 1980s. He headed numerous national and international projects – especially in the framework of EU, IEA and UNIDO programs. Since 2009 he has been a board member of the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling and since 2010 the Austrian representative in the Executive Committee of the Solar Heating and Cooling Programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA). From 2010 to 2014 he acted as chairman of this IEA programme. He is a member of the Scientific Council of EURAC Research in Italy and member of the Peer Review College of the Danish Council of Strategic Research. Since 2007 he has been a lecturer at Vienna University of Technology and the University of Applied Sciences – Technikum Wien.

Dr. Cliff Ho is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories, where he has worked since 1993 on problems involving solar energy, water safety and sustainability, heat- and mass-transfer processes in porous media, and microchemical sensor systems for environmental monitoring. Dr. Ho has authored over 200 scientific papers, including 10 patents, and he is an author and co-editor of two books. He received an Outstanding Professor Award at the University of New Mexico in 1997, and he received the national Asian American Engineer of the Year Award in 2010.  Dr. Ho received an R&D 100 Award in 2013 for his development of the Solar Glare Hazard Analysis Tool, and an R&D 100 Award in 2016 for the development of the Falling Particle Receiver for Concentrated Solar Energy. In 2008, he won Discover Magazine’s The Future of Energy in Two-Minutes-or-Less video contest. Dr. Ho received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1989, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1990 and 1993. He will be presenting ‘State of the Art in Concentrating Solar Tower Technology’ at the APSRC on Tues 5th Dec.

Kirsty Gowens is General Manager, Project Delivery at ARENA, and is a highly experienced commercial lawyer and corporate governance professional who joined ARENA in 2016. Prior to commencing work with ARENA, Kirsty was General Counsel for Indigenous Business Australia. In that role she provided advice on commercial maters and administrative law matters, including co-investment and incentive structures, company law, contracts and finance arrangements. She also played a key role in supporting the governance functions of the Board and overseeing IBA’S governance, compliance and legal risk management framework. A committed development specialist, Kirsty’s previous experience includes working with the Northern Land Council, NSW Native Title Service, North Australian Aboriginal Legal Service and NSW Legal Aid Commission. She has also worked as an investigator with the NSW Ombudsman and a mediator of complaints for the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.In addition to her legal qualifications, Kirsty has postgraduate qualifications in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Law Society of the ACT. She recently completed her Masters in Public and International Law at the University of Melbourne.

The following Invited speakers have been confirmed

Professor Qingbo Meng is a full professor at Institute of Physics (IOP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and Director of the Renewable Energy Laboratory, IOP. He received his PhD from Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1997. In 1997-1999, he was a postdoctoral fellow in IOP, CAS. From 1999 to 2002, he was a STA Fellow (Science and Technology Agency of Japan) and Researcher of the University of Tokyo and KAST in Japan. He was selected as “Hundreds of Talents of CAS” in 2001, “Distinguished Young Scholars” from NSFC in 2007 and “hundreds of leading talent of Beijing Science and Technology” in 2013. His current research interest focuses on solar energy materials & devices, including new generation solar cells, photocatalytic materials and photonic crystal materials. He has published over 200 papers which were cited over 7000 times (h-index 50). He has applied over 70 patents, and over 50 patents were authorised. He will be presenting ‘Stability investigation on perovskite solar cells: from materials to the device‘ at the APSRC.

Jiang Tang is a full professor at Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST). He received his bachelor’s degree from University of Science and Technology of China, and his Ph.D degree from University of Toronto, under the supervision of Prof. Edward Sargent. He then spent one year and half at IBM T. J. Watson research center as a postdoctoral researcher. In 2012 he joined in HUST and has focused on antimony selenide thin film solar cells and lead-free perovskite optoelectronic devices. He has published 80+ papers including Nature Photonics and Nature Materials, with >4000 citations. He is the winner of “National 1000 Young Talents” and “National Natural Science Funds for Outstanding Young Scholar” of China.

Ulrike Jahn graduated in physics and leads various research & development projects in the business area of solar energy of the TÜV Rheinland Group in Cologne, Germany. Her work focuses on characterizing PV module technologies on one hand and on PV system performance analysis on the other hand. She is project manager of an international expert group, Task 13 of the PVPS programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA), dealing with technical and financial issues of PV performance and quality. She coordinates a network of 60 experts in 20 countries in their joint efforts to assess and improve the operation and reliability of PV systems over their lifetime. Since 2015 Ulrike collaborates in a research project on Solar Bankability with the aim to evaluate how technical risks will affect the electricity production of PV installations and the expected return on investments.

Dr Maria Wall is associate professor at the Division of Energy and Building Design, Lund University, Sweden. She has a MSc in Architecture and a PhD in Engineering. Her research includes different issues related to energy-efficient buildings as well as solar energy strategies. She is leader of the IEA SHC Task 51 on Solar Energy in Urban Planning and was former leader of SHC Task 41 on Solar Energy and Architecture. She was the main initiator and developer, and is also the Director of the 2-year Master’s Programme in Energy-efficient and Environmental Building Design at Lund University.

Keith Lovegrove is a leading expert in concentrating solar power (CSP) and has more than 20 years’ experience in leading solar thermal research, including 15 years teaching at the ANU as leader of the Solar Thermal Group. A major achievement was leading the design and construction of the largest concentrating solar dish in the world (500m2) in 2010. Keith has won a number of prestigious research awards, was a Member of the Australian Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council working group on Energy Water Carbon intersections, has advised the Australian Office of Chief Scientist on Solar Thermal Power and edited the 2012 book, Concentrating Solar Power Technology – Principles, Developments and Applications. Keith has spoken extensively around the world at conferences and in the media on Concentrating Solar and related topics. He has held board positions in the ANZ Solar Energy Society, and been a key contributor to the International Energy Agency SolarPACES program.

Dr Roger Dargaville is the Senior Lecturer in Renewable Energy at Monash University. He is an expert in energy systems and climate change. Roger specialises in large-scale energy system transition optimisation, and novel energy storage technologies such as seawater pumped hydro and liquid air energy storage. He has conducted research in global carbon cycle science, simulating the emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel and exchanges between the atmosphere, land and oceans as well as stratospheric ozone depletion. Roger leads a research group of PhD and Masters students working on a diverse range of energy related topics including disruptive business models, EROI, transmission systems, bioenergy, wave energy and high penetration rooftop photovoltaics systems. He teaches undergraduate subjects on renewable energy technologies at Monash University and previously taught Masters level subjects at Melbourne University. Roger completed his undergraduate and PhD at the University of Melbourne. He has worked at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (USA) and at the Centre nationale de la recherche scientifique (CNRS, France), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission at UNESCO, the International Energy Agency, and most recently was the Deputy Director at the Melbourne Energy Institute at the University of Melbourne.