Description
Director: Teketel YOHANNES, AASTU, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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.

TOPICS:
  • 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;
  • Renewable energy potentials in the region.

WORKSHOP SPEAKERS:
  • Michael ARMAND, Minano, Spain
  • Vladimir DYAKONOV, Wuerzburg, Germany
  • Gebrekldan G. ESHETU, Aachen, Germany
  • Sosina M. HAILE, Northwestern, U.S.A.
  • Harold HOPPE, Jena, Germany
  • Kenneth I. OZOEMENA, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Markus C. SCHARBER, Linz, Austria
  • Veronika WITTMANN, Linz, Austria
Go to day
  • Monday, 15 October 2018
    • 08:30 - 17:50
      • 08:30 Registration 30'
        Chair person: Dr. Getachew Adam 
        Facilitator: Mr. Samuel Abicheo
      • 09:00 Opening Cermony 30'
        Chair person: Prof. Teketel Yohannes 
        Facilitator: Dr. Getachew Adam
        Speaker: Dr. Adane Abraham, Dr. Nicola Sarinai, Dr. Nurlegn Tefera, Dr. Ing. Seleshi Bekele (VPRTT, ICTP, AASTU President, Ministry, MWIE)
      • 09:30 Energy Status and Challenges in Ethiopia 1h0'
        Chair person: Dr. Siraye Esubalew   
        Facilitator: Dr. Getachew Adam
        Speaker: Mr. Sahle Tamru
      • 10:30 Coffee/Tea Break 30'
        Facilitator: Mr. Samuel Abicheo
      • 11:00 Overview of the historical development of electrochemical energy systems (batteriey, fuel cell, supercapacitors) 1h30'
        Chair person: Dr. Asefa Sergawi    
        Facilitator: Dr. Getachew Adam
        Speaker: Prof. Armand
      • 12:30 Lunch Break 1h30'
      • 14:00 TBA 1h0'
        Chair person: Prof. Teketel
        Speaker: Prof. Sosina
      • 15:00 TBA 1h30'
        Chair person: Dr. Siraye Esubalew   
        Facilitator: Dr. Getachew Adam
        Speaker: Mr. Spence
      • 16:30 Coffee/Tea Break 20'
      • 16:50 Reactions 1h0'
        Chair person: Dr. Belete Serahbizu 
        Facilitator: Dr. Getachew Adam
        Speaker: Prof. Kenneth I. Ozoemena
  • Tuesday, 16 October 2018
    • 09:00 - 16:50
      • 09:00 Manganese-based cathode materials for energy storage systems (Li-ion batteries &supercapacitors) 1h0'
        Chair person: Dr. Yedelfana 
        Facilitator:  Dr. Siraye Esubalew
        Speaker: Prof. Kenneth I. Ozoemena
      • 10:00 Nickel Silicide/ Si core shell nano structure as highly stable Li ion battery anode material 30'
        Chair person: Dr. Siraye Esubalew   
        Facilitator: Dr. Getachew Adam
        Speaker: Dr. Andebet
      • 10:30 Coffee/Tea Break 30'
        Facilitator: Mr. Samuel Abicheo
      • 11:00 Overview of fuel cells 1h0'
        Chair person: Dr. Adam Mekonnen   
        Facilitator: Dr. Getachew Adam
        Speaker: Prof. Sosina Haile
      • 12:00 TBA 30'
        Chair person: Dr. Adam Mekonnen   
        Facilitator: Dr. Getachew Adam
        Speaker: Ms. Schueller
      • 12:30 Lunch Break 1h30'
        Facilitator: Mr. Samuel Abicheo
      • 14:00 Fundamentals of Solar Energy Conversion Emerging PV-technologies - potentials and limitations 1h0'
        Chair person: Prof. Harald Hoppe    
        Facilitator: Dr. Getachew Adam
        Speaker: Prof. Markus Scharber
      • 15:00 TBA 30'
        Chair person: Prof. Harald Hoppe    
        Facilitator: Dr. Getachew Adam
        Speaker: TBA
      • 15:30 Coffee/Tea Break 20'
        Facilitator: Mr. Samuel Abicheo
      • 15:50 Ageing and Imaging of Sensitive Solar Cells 1h0'
        Chair person: Dr. Getachew Adam   
        Facilitator: Dr. Siraye Esubalew
        Speaker: Prof. Harald Hoppe
  • Wednesday, 17 October 2018
    • 09:00 - 16:50
      • 09:00 OPV 1h0'
        Chair person: Prof. Markus Scharber  
        Speaker: Prof. Dykonove
      • 10:00 TBA 30'
        Chair person: Dr. Siraye Esubalew    
        Facilitator: Dr. Getachew Adam
        Speaker: Dr. Neway
      • 10:30 Coffee/Tea Break 30'
        Facilitator: Mr. Samuel Abicheo
      • 11:00 Overview of the historical development of electrochemical energy systems (batteriey, fuel cell, supercapacitors) 1h0'
        Chair person: Dr. Asefa Sergawi  
        Facilitator: Dr. Getachew Adam
        Speaker: Prof. Armand
      • 12:00 Spectroscopy of polymers for opv 30'
        Chair person: Dr. Asefa Sergawi  
        Facilitator: Dr. Getachew Adam
        Speaker: TBA
      • 12:30 Lunch Break 1h30'
        Facilitator: Mr. Samuel Abicheo
      • 14:00 Understanding water splitting on hematite through computer simulations 1h0'
        Chair person: Dr. Asefa Sergawi  
        Facilitator: Dr. Getachew Adam
        Speaker: Dr. Nicola Seriani
      • 15:00 TBA 30'
        Chair person: Dr. Asefa Sergawi  
        Facilitator: Dr. Getachew Adam
        Speaker: Dr. Andebet
      • 15:30 Coffee/Tea Break 20'
        Facilitator: Mr. Samuel Abicheo
      • 15:50 Sustainable development an Energy 1h0'
        Chair person: Dr. Dugasa  
        Facilitator: Dr. Getachew Adam
        Speaker: Prof. Wittmann
  • Thursday, 18 October 2018
    • 09:00 - 16:50
      • 09:00 Storage 1h0'
        Chair person: Prof. Harald Hoppe    
        Facilitator: Dr. Getachew Adam
        Speaker: Prof. Sosena Haile
      • 10:00 The Dynamic Integration of Renewable Energy Generation and Syngas Chemistry 30'
        Chair person: Dr. Siraye Esubalew    
        Facilitator: Dr. Getachew Adam
        Speaker: Dr. Chalachew
      • 10:30 Coffee/Tea Break 30'
        Facilitator: Mr. Samuel Abicheo
      • 11:00 Emerging PV-technologies - potentials and limitations 1h0'
        Chair person: Dr. Asefa Sergawi  
        Facilitator: Dr. Getachew Adam
        Speaker: Prof. Scharber
      • 12:00 TBA 30'
        Chair person: Dr. Asefa Sergawi  
        Facilitator: Dr. Getachew Adam
        Speaker: Dr. Gebrekidan
      • 12:30 Lunch Break 1h30'
        Facilitator: Mr. Samuel Abicheo
      • 14:00 Photovoltaic 1h0'
        Chair person: Dr. Asefa Sergawi  
        Facilitator: Dr. Getachew Adam
        Speaker: Prof. Dyakonove
      • 15:00 Storage 30'
        Chair person: Dr. Asefa Sergawi  
        Facilitator: Dr. Getachew Adam
        Speaker: Dr. Yedelfana Setargie
      • 15:30 Coffee/Tea Break 20'
      • 15:50 Photoelectrochemical solar energy conversion 1h0'
        Chair person: Dr. Belete Serahbizu 
        Facilitator: Dr. Getachew Adam
        Speaker: Prof. Teketel Yohannes
  • Friday, 19 October 2018
    • 09:00 - 16:00
      • 09:00 Overview of Photoelectrochemical solar energy conversion 1h0'
        Chair person: Dr. Siraye Esubalew    
        Facilitator: Dr. Getachew Adam
        Speaker: Prof. Teketel Yohannes
      • 10:00 High performance ternary blend all polymer solar cells 30'
        Chair person: Dr. Siraye Esubalew    
        Facilitator: Dr. Getachew Adam
        Speaker: Dr. Zewudneh
      • 10:30 Coffee/Tea Break 30'
        Facilitator: Mr. Samuel Abicheo
      • 11:00 Insights into Morphology of AnE-PV-based Organic Solar Cells 1h0'
        Chair person: Dr. Asefa Sergawi  
        Facilitator: Dr. Getachew Adam
        Speaker: Prof. Harald Hoppe
      • 12:00 TBA 30'
        Chair person: Dr. Asefa Sergawi  
        Facilitator: Dr. Getachew Adam
        Speaker: Mr. Abdudin Geremu
      • 12:30 Lunch Break 1h30'
        Facilitator: Mr. Samuel Abicheo
      • 14:00 Biopolymer electrodes for Energy Storage 1h0'
        Chair person: Dr. Nicola Sariani 
        Facilitator: Dr. Getachew Adam
        Speaker: Prof. Shimeles Admassie
      • 15:00 Coffee/Tea Break 30'
        Facilitator: Mr. Samuel Abicheo
      • 15:30 Closing Cermony 30'
        Chair person: Dr. Adane Abraham
        Facilitator: Dr. Getachew Adam
        Speaker: Dr. Nurlegn Tefera