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2015 ACT / ANU Solar Oration

Solar PV – Changing the energy landscape

Public lecture


7th December 2015


HC Coombs Lecture Theatre, Building 8a, Fellows Road, ANU


Dr Pierre Verlinden, Vice-President and Chief Scientist at Trina Solar



Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are rapidly transforming the energy landscape. PV and wind generators are being installed at a greater rate than new coal. gas, oil and nuclear capacity combined.

Improved PV technology and manufacturing is driving down the cost of PV systems, which is causing rapid growth in sales. As the cost of solar PV electricity goes down, a wholesale shift to “all electrical” is becoming possible. For example, electric vehicles present a great opportunity for solar energy. PV electricity is on track to be the largest source of energy in the coming decades.

About the speaker

Dr Pierre J Verlinden is Vice-President and Chief Scientist at Trina Solar since 2012. Trina is the world’s top solar company in terms of shipments of product, and a major supplier of PV modules to Australia. Dr Verlinden is Vice-Chair of the State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology, Vice Director of the Jiangsu Province Enterprise Engineering Technology Center, and Adjunct Professor at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou.

He holds a PhD and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, where he started his career in academia. He has been working in PV for 35 years and has published 110 technical papers and contributed to a number of books.

Before joining Trina Solar, Dr Verlinden served as the head of R&D department in several PV companies in USA and Australia, including in SunPower, USA, where he was one of the original employees from 1991 and worked for 11 years as Director of Research and Development; in Origin Energy, Australia, where he was Manager PV Technology and Operations and build the first pilot line for the Sliver technology; and in Solar Systems, Australia, where he was Principal Scientist.


Doors open at 4.45 for a 5.15pm start.

Formal proceedings will finish at 6.30pm, when drinks and finger food will be served.

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