SRC, Masdar Institute hosts first forum on photovoltaics in Abu Dhabi



Solar experts and university researchers will gather together in Abu Dhabi from March 27-28 to attend the city’s first forum on photovoltaics. The event, which will be presented by Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, will explore the route for development of cost-effective systems capable of achieving 25% energy conversion from solar resources in Abu Dhabi by the year 2020.

Attendees of the ‘Forum on Solar-Electrical Energy Systems 2020’ conference will listen to presentations from 40 of the leading commercial and university researchers from North America, Europe, Asia, Japan and the United Arab Emirates. Topics will range from new materials and nanostructures for PV, to industrial and commercial-scale PV systems and system integration challenges. Research directions needed for Abu Dhabi’s solar future and potential smart grid will also be discussed in detail.

“The forum’s rich representation from many of the top research organizations globally is a testament to the commitment of Abu Dhabi, and the Masdar Institute in particular, to attracting the best talent and guiding its future in renewable energy,” said SRC president Larry Sumney. “This forum provides the type of collaboration in basic research that leads to critical next steps in creation of world-class technologies.”

Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, president of Masdar Institute said, “At Masdar Institute we take a collaborative approach to developing a wide range of clean technology solutions. Advancing semiconductor technology is a vital component of the clean technologies of the future, and we are delighted to co-host this forum with the Semiconductor Research Corporation.”

The conference will be by invitation only, however the results are expected to drive future research initiatives for solar energy breakthroughs in Abu Dhabi that will be guided by the semiconductor and solar industries at the Masdar Institute and other education organizations.

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