Wednesday 11 Feb 2015The Solar Power: Enlightenment of our Energy Future

Prof Tapas Mallick - University of Exeter, Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI)

Lecture Theatre A, Daphne Du Maurier, Penryn 17:15-19:30

The quest for economically viable solar energy conversion technologies has accelerated with the imperative to become far less reliant on fossil fuels. An innovative way to reduce its cost is through developing low cost material and concentrating solar radiation into smaller areas. This lecture outlines the diverse range and scale of potential implementation of solar technologies, especially concentrating photovoltaic and their application into the built environment. Factors associated to achieve high efficiency solar system and its key technical challenges and advances in such research are discussed. An overview of promising current research directions that should lead to economically viable photovoltaic solar power systems is presented.

Tapas is Chair in Clean Technologies (Renewable Energy) at the University of Exeter's Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI). Tapas graduated from Visva-Bharati University with a BSc in Physics in 1994, followed by an MSc at the same institution in 1996, and an Mtech in Energy Science and Technology at Jadavpur University, India two years later. This was followed by a PhD in Solar Energy Engineering at the University of Ulster in 2003. In the same year he took up a postdoctoral position at the University of Ulster and then worked at Warwick University, followed by academic appointments at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. He moved to the ESI in 2013.

Tapas' research focus is applied solar energy. He looks at bridging the urban and rural divide through solar energy implementation. He is particularly interested in teaching advanced solar energy engineering and heat transfer for renewable energy systems.

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