Pierre J. Verlinden

UNSW Sydney, Australia
Adjunct Professor;Chief Scientist,Yangtze Institute for Solar Technology (YIST), Australia

Dr Pierre J. Verlinden is Chief Scientist at Yangtze Institute for Solar Technology, JiangYin,  and Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Dr Verlinden has been working in the field of photovoltaics for 44 years and has published over 200 technical papers and contributed to a number of books.  From 2012 to 2018, Dr Verlinden served as Chief Scientist, Vice-President and Vice-Chair of the State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology at Trina Solar, China. Previously, he has managed the R&D department or served as Chief Scientist in several PV companies in USA and Australia, including SunPower, Origin Energy Solar and Solar Systems. Dr Verlinden is the recipient of the 2016 IEEE William Cherry Award, the 2019 Becquerel Prize, and the 2017 Chinese Government Friendship Award.

Title: Going to multi-terawatt annual production with which cell technology?

Abstract: It took almost 70 years for the PV industry to install the first terawatt of PV systems. The second terawatt will be installed by the end of 2025. To fight global climate change, the PV industry must continue to grow at rate of >25% per year for at least the next decade, and reach a production rate of several terawatt per year by mid-2030. The choice of the future PV technology to meet this production rate has never been as large as it is today, each with their own challenges.