UNSW Sydney's Martin Green elected to US National Academy of Engineering

Tuesday, 03 October, 2023

UNSW Sydney's Martin Green elected to US National Academy of Engineering

One of 18 international researchers nominated and chosen by their peers to join the prestigious United States National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2023, UNSW Sydney’s Scientia Professor Martin Green has been inducted into the NAE for technical contributions that have enabled the widespread use of silicon photovoltaics.

NAE membership honours those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature” and to “the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education”.

Solar pioneer Green specialises in photovoltaics at UNSW’s School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering (SPREE). He led the teams at UNSW that developed PERC technology, improving the quality of both the top and the rear surface of standard silicon solar cells. This helped increase the conversion efficiency of standard solar cells by over 50% in relative terms from 16.5% in the early 1980s to 25% in the early 2000s. These innovations and advances in solar technology are considered instrumental in the global transition to renewable energy, with solar now the lowest cost option for bulk electricity supply.

Green said he is honoured to be elected as an international member of the NAE. “I’m delighted to be joining the NAE and thank the academy members for their vote of confidence. I am exceptionally proud of the work my students, colleagues and I have accomplished throughout my 49 years at UNSW, and I’m thankful to everyone who has helped make solar energy our greatest weapon to fight climate change.”

Image credit: UNSW Sydney/Richard Freeman

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