Research Update

March 2020

Prof. Sajeev John, University of Toronto and Government of Canada Research Chair

2020 IEEE Photovoltaics Specialists Conference

June 14-19, 2020

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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.