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King Edward Terrace

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THE SUN RISES FOR FREE: THE SCIENCE OF SOLAR ENERGY GENERATION

ABOUT THE TALK

A theatrical demonstration of the beauty of light and how the sun can be used to generate the entire energy needs of our society.

The talk will feature live demonstrations, using lasers, light spectra and atomic building blocks, to explain how scientists all over the world are towards the goal of a society fully powered by the sun.

The talk will give a historical overview of inventions that have created the solar panels of today and describe what is needed to lower the cost and increase the efficiency of solar technology so that it becomes so cheap that it will beat existing energy technologies (coal, gas, nuclear power).

The talk will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Albert Polman is professor of Photonic Materials for Photovoltaics at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is one of the pioneers of research on nanophotovoltaics, the study of light at very small length scales to realise solar panel cells with ultra-high efficiency that can be made at low cost.

Polman has won many international awards for his research and is member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is visiting Australia on a Frew Fellowship award to him by the Australian Academy of Sciences.


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Date: Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm AEDT

Venue: Japan Theatre at Questacon, King Edward Terrace, Canberra

Contact executive.support@questacon.edu.au

This public talk is proudly supported by the Australian Academy of Science, Questacon and ANU’s Energy Change Institute.

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