PV Sustainability

The goal of Task 12 is to foster international collaboration and knowledge creation in PV environmental sustainability and safety, in order to grow PV as a major contributor to the worlds global energy supply and emission reductions.

Australian Lead and Operating Agent

Jose Bilbao


Jose Bilbao is a Lecturer at UNSW, School of PV and Renewable Energy Engineering.

Jose is the Deputy Operating Agent (OA) and the Australian Representative for IEA/PVPS Task 12 – PV Sustainability. Task 12 meets bi-annually with more than 20 representatives from all over the world. As the Australian representative, Jose coordinate local efforts and activities in PV sustainability with a growing network of researchers and companies interested in this area. Jose has been involved in Task 12 activities since 2017.

Jose has more than 15 years of combined industry and academic experience. He’s an expert on the electrical and thermal modelling of photovoltaic (PV) modules and photovoltaic/thermal (PVT) modules, with particular interest in the performance modelling, degradation, recycling, and life cycle assessment of PV modules and systems.

Australian Contributors

Marina Monteiro Lunardi


Marina Lunardi is an expert in the Life Cycle Assessment methodology and recycling processes of PV modules. She finished her PhD at UNSW in March 2019 and has been working as a postdoctoral researcher at UNSW since then. She contributes to IEA-PVPS Task 12 with an innovative view on sustainable processes for recycling PV modules.

Richard Corkish


Chief Operating officer of the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics; Advisor to the Indian National Centre for Photovoltaics Research and Education; an Editor for the IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics; and a Senior Lecturer at the UNSW School of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering. He was the Head of the School from 2003 until 2013.

Richard supports the Australian Representative for Task 12: PV Environmental Health & Safety, occasionally standing in for meetings.

His current research activities are life cycle assessment of photovoltaics technologies and photovoltaics recycling. He has supervised the projects of over 200 students, including for the UNSWERV project, educating through practice while bringing light and power to remote villages in Vanuatu.

Lyndon Frearson


Managing Director and Principal Consultant at Ekistica, Lyndon is a leader in the field of remote and regional infrastructure development and deployment, policy and financing. A chartered electrical engineer, Lyndon has led advisory, engineering design and project delivery activities for clients including government agencies, regulatory bodies, utilities, regional development agencies, community organisations and commercial and private investment firms across Australia, South-Asia, the Pacific and in Africa. He has also provided critical input and leadership into some of the largest public and privately financed renewable energy projects and programs in Australia; provides technical and program development assistance to a range of public and private entities.

Lyndon has established knowledge partnerships with CSIRO, Google, NREL, the UNDP, AEMO and is an Australian expert for the IEA Task 13 Performance and Reliability of Photovoltaic Systems.

Chris Fell


A PhD physicist with 28 years experience in research, industry and academia, Chris is a Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO. He founded CSIRO’s photovoltaics research program, now operating commercially as PV Performance Laboratory, the only accredited PV measurement facility in the Southern Hemisphere. A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Chris is Chair of the Australian Photovoltaics Institute (APVI) and a Conjoint Lecturer at the University of Newcastle.

Chris is Australia’s representative on the IEC international standards committee for photovoltaic modules and is an Australian expert on IEA Task 13, Performance and Reliability of Photovoltaic Systems.