ICTP Contacts: Ralph GEBAUER & Nicola SERIANI, ICTP, Trieste, Italy
The Workshop addresses students and researchers working in the field of solar energy and energy storage. The event will focus on fundamental and applied research on functional materials, on devices and on their application.
To cope with increasing global energy demand, solar energy is one of the best alternatives. The feasibility of solar energy technology in Africa, where the sun is available throughout the year, is not questionable. This huge energy can be used as photo-thermal and in photovoltaic forms. For efficient conversion of solar energy it is very important to have a clear understanding of the photo-physical and opto-electrical properties of materials. In parallel with the development of photovoltaic devices, due attention has to be given to the storage of electrical energy in easily portable chemical energy forms and/or in an electrical field. Since solar energy is collected only in the day time, it is also wise to develop alternative technologies such as storage for renewable energy forms.
Please note that funds from the Joint Undertaking for an African Materials Institute (JUAMI) are also available for US students.
Current photovoltaic systems, new technologies;
Promise of nanostructures and technology in this field;
Wind and geothermal energy: potential and installations in Ethiopia;
Energy storage: fuel cells, batteries and supercapacitors;
Importance of materials science, experimental and computational approach;