PV and Transport

Task 17 focuses on possible contributions of photovoltaic technologies to transport, which will contribute to reducing CO2 emissions of the sector and enhancing PV market expansion.

Australian Lead

Nicholas Ekins-Daukes


Nicholas Ekins-Daukes (Ned) specialises in developing high-efficiency solar cells and their application in terrestrial and space power systems. He holds a PhD and MSc from Imperial College and MSci in Physics & Electronics from the University of St Andrews and is currently an Associate Professor at UNSW.

Ned is an Australian expert on IEA Task 17, PV and Transport.

Australian Contributors

Julia Macdonald


Julia has 12 years’ experience in the energy industry with a background in power systems and renewable energy engineering, specialising in renewable energy integration projects in the Pacific region. Julia’s experience spans projects of all scales in the Pacific region and in Australia, ranging from 5 MW solar farms to off-grid solar systems for remote communities in the Pacific. Recent major projects include development of an energy sector Master Plan for the Federated States of Micronesia, design of island hybrid systems for Tuvalu and the Cook Islands, and high-penetration renewable energy integration including a floating solar system for the Marshall Islands.

Julia holds a Masters in Power Systems Engineering from the University of Wollongong and a Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University. She currently is an Australian representative on the International Energy Agency (IEA)’s Task 17 PV-electric vehicle working group. She has been involved in the electric vehicle industry since 2008 and drives an electric classic Volkswagen Beetle. She is on the board of the Electric Vehicle Council and ran the Canberra International Electric Vehicle Festival from 2009 to 2015.