We are actively engaging with DEEP academy to conduct workshops for grade 12 students focusing on the importance of solar energy and Si technology. Video tour of our lab spaces will also be provided. More hands-on than keynote lectures will certainly leave the students with a new mindset for taking part in a variety of engineering fields.

Workshop on High Efficiency Photovoltaics

December 17, 2020

A workshop on “High efficiency Photovolataics” was conducted on 17th Dec. 2020, where Prof. Kherani gave an insight of the research updates for the past year and Prof. Sajeev John discussed important findings on “Surpassing the Lambertian limit”. The researchers from both the groups presented their annual research updates ranged from aSi passivation, photonic crystal fabrication and device integration, stimulated emission luminescent solar concentrations and solar fuels generation using TiO2 photonic crystals.


Symposium on High-Efficiency Silicon Solar Cells Operating at High-Injection Regimes

December 10, 2020

The Symposium on “High-efficiency silicon solar cells operating at high-injection regimes” was hosted virtually on 10th Dec. 2020 where Dr. André Augusto from Arizona State University stated the combination of solar cells with improved surface passivation structures and wafers with milliseconds lifetimes resulting is a solar cell less dependent of the base doping. The Symposium provided an excellent opportunity for collaboration of our group with ASU solar power laboratory.


Solar Energy Program

January 2020

Prof. Kherani conducted a “Solar Energy program” for the ECE and MSE students which was attended by almost 250 students in January 2020.


Symposium on High Efficiency Photovoltaics

Solar Electricity and Allied Sustainable Energy Sources

November 27, 2019

University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle, 2nd Floor, Toronto, Canada

Solar electricity is a compelling source of sustainable energy considering the immense harvestable solar resource in relation to the current global energy consumption rate. 

Notwithstanding the enormous progress made in recent years by the solar industry, there still remains the need to improve solar photovoltaic conversion efficiency and further reduce the cost of solar electricity in relation to conventional fossil energy sources.

The Symposium on High Efficiency Photovoltaics will host leading scientists and industry experts who will present the state-of-the-art and current trends in photovoltaic and allied energy research and development. Topics covered will range from ‘concepts, materials and cells, to applications, systems, policies and markets’.

The Symposium will provide an excellent opportunity for networking for researchers and industry leaders.

Symposium Program


Keynote and Invited Speakers Include

Dr. Robby Peibst, Institute for Solar Energy Research, Germany

Passivating Contacts – Capable not only for Lab Records but also for Application?

Dr. R. Sebastian Bonilla, University of Oxford, UK

Exploiting Extrinsic Passivation in High Efficiency Silicon Solar Cells

Dr. Sajeev John, University of Toronto

Photonic Crystal Light Trapping: Beyond 30% Conversion Efficiency for Silicon Solar Cells

Dr. Ali Javey, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Dopant‐Free Selective Contacts for Silicon Solar Cells

Dr. Venkat Selvamanickam, University of Houston, USA

Single-junction Epitaxial GaAs Solar Cells and Si Devices on Roll-to-Roll Processed Low-cost Flexible Substrates

Dr. Ted Sargent, University of Toronto

High-Efficiency Tandem Solar Cells: Quantum Dots, Perovskites, and Silicon

Dr. Gregory Nemet, University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA

How Solar Energy Became Cheap: A Model for Low-Carbon Innovation

Dr. Yves Poissant, Natural Resources Canada, Canada

Status and Trends of Solar PV Technologies in Canada 2019


Martin Pochtaruk from Heliene Inc.

Paolo Maccario from Silfab Solar Inc.

Ian MacLellan from Ubiquity Solar Inc.

Frank Ruffolo from Sky Solar

Dan Shea from QD Solar Inc.