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100 Climate Conversations Martin Green: Pioneering Solar

Presented by Powerhouse

In 1983, Martin Green led a team that invented the PERC cell, a solar power technology that allows more sunlight to be captured and turned into electricity. This innovation, further developed by Green and his team, is now used in over 90 per cent of global silicon solar module production.

Green is in conversation with Nate Byrne, recorded live at the Powerhouse as part of 100 Climate Conversations. Entry is free, bookings essential as places are limited. Doors open at 9.15am for a 9.30am start. No late admittance.

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A pioneer in solar technology, Martin Green is a Scientia Professor at the University of New South Wales. He is also the founder and inaugural director of the internationally renowned Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics. His research group has developed technology that is featured in over 90 per cent of the worlds’ solar photovoltaic panels and is well-known for holding the record for silicon solar cell efficiency for 30 of the last 39 years. This technology has been widely praised as one of the most important milestones in the history of solar photovoltaics – the technology that converts sunlight into electricity.

Nate Byrne is a meteorologist, oceanographer, science communicator and former navy officer, but is perhaps most well-known for his high energy ABC News Breakfast weather broadcasts. From briefing senior military officers and hosting children’s science shows, to presenting the nation’s weather in times of emergency and calm, Byrne understands the importance of engaging and climate-focused communications. While weather is his speciality, Byrne is driven to share narratives about the world and the role of climate change in shaping our future.