Mariana Bertoni, Arizona State University
What is Next for Solar PV Technology?
The solar PV market is far from slowing down in demand or popularity, and in the last seven years we have seen it moved from niche generation to reaching grid parity and becoming a mainstream electricity generation source. The reality of silicon module prices below US$0.4/W and projections of US$0.2/W has fundamentally changed solar R&D.
As we move toward an “electric-powered world” and everything around us starts demanding electricity in a clean and efficient way, new challenges arise. Similar to many consumer applications, solar margins will improve and R&D hurdles centered around aesthetics, customization and functionality will be part of our everyday life. In this talk, I will introduce approaches to achieve high power in small areas and the use of sustainable materials for device manufacturing. I will discuss the importance of understanding the defects that underpin performance under real operating conditions and how can we accelerate discovery and defect engineering to facilitate high-power, portable and reliable devices.
About Mariana Bertoni
Mariana Bertoni is an assistant professor at Arizona State University and the lead of the Next Generation Modules Testbed at the Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technology Engineering Research Center. She received her BS and MS degrees from the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires and her PhD degree in materials science from Northwestern University in 2007.
She held senior scientist positions at two startup firms in the photovoltaic industry, and her previous postgraduate experience includes a postdoctoral appointment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship in Germany.
Bertoni is a pioneer in correlative x-ray microscopy approaches to engineer defects in solar absorbers. She has received numerous awards, including the Edward C. Henry Award from The American Ceramic Society, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship from the European Union (EU) and a Fulbright Scholarship. She was selected to the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) 2017 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering. Bertoni has co-founded two companies commercializing technology from her laboratory.