JILS - Thin Film PV Offers a green future


Global PV capacity has been rapidly growing in recent years. While most of the installations are based on wafer-based silicon technologies, there are several thin films technologies available that are mature and efficient enough to compete in the market.

Thin film PV technologies, generally offer a much wider flexibility in aesthetic designing, choice of substrates and module sizes, as well as unlocking new applications through the use of flexible and light-weight substrates.

Thin film PV with appropriate properties can also be combined with Si for the next generation high-performance tandem solar cells. The uptake in expected future markets at TW-scale of photovoltaics demands stable, abundant, non-toxic materials similar to silicon.

In this regards, the current commercialized thin film technologies such as CdTe or Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) is expected to be compromised by their toxicity or the scarcity of the constituting elements. As a consequence, intense research efforts have been put into stable and green kesterite.

In this presentation, A/Prof Hao will talk about the applications, challenges and progress of green kesterite solar cells.

About the Speaker:

Dr Xiaojing Hao is an Associate Professor in the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering of UNSW. She is a world-leading researcher in the field of earth-abundant and environmentally-friendly kesterite photovoltaics.

Dr Hao has focused her research on low-cost high-efficiency thin film and tandem solar cells, researching on various compound semiconductor PV materials particularly those with earth-abundant and environmentally-friendly constituent.


  Date and Time




  • Engineers Australia Harricks Auditorium
  • Ground Floor, 8 Thomas Street
  • Chatswood, New South Wales
  • Australia 2067