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August 2-3, 2012

Invitation only

Purdue University
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
Room 1010
701 West Stadium Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Supported by the National Science Foundation

This focused, informal workshop will address the following questions:

• How can theory, modeling, and simulation (TMS) accelerate progress in photovoltaics?
• What are the specific opportunities?
• How should the PV community address them?

The small meeting (less than 50 people) will include experts in photovoltaic theory, modeling, and simulation as well as experimentalists. Participants will include representatives from industry and government as well as academia. The meeting will consist of short presentations, lively discussions, a breakout session and report of overall conclusions. The objective is to develop a clear and compelling report that identifies key opportunities, challenges, and strategies for addressing critical issues in PV through TMS.

For more information see TMS-workshop_onepager-4.pdf (90.73 Kb)


Challenges in PV Science, Technology, and Manufacturing: A workshop on the role of theory, modeling, and simulation

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Opening Session: Welcome and Perspectives (Session Chair: Steve Hillenius)
What are the challenges in moving PV forward? Where have theory, modeling, and simulation been most effective. Looking to the future, how important will TMS be? Speakers will provide their different perspectives on the questions to be addressed and set the stage for lively discussions – as opposed to giving overviews of their organizations.

7:30-8:00am Breakfast and Registration 8:00-8:20am M. Lundstrom (Purdue) Opening remarks – Lundstrom_Intro_and_Welcome.pdf (2.76 Mb)
8:20-8:40am D. Swanson (!SunPower) – Dick_Swanson_Session0.pdf (13.37 Mb)
8:40-9:00am L. Kazmerski (NREL) – Kaz_Session0.pdf (32.08 Mb)
9:00-9:20am E. Yablonovitch (Berkeley) – Eli_Y_PurduePV.pdf (605.15 Kb)
9:20-10:00am Panel discussion led by S. Hillenius (SRC)

Break 10:00-10:30am

Technical session 1: Crystalline PV (Session Chair: W. Tumas)
What is the status of the field? What role does TMS currently play? What are the critical challenges? What is the role for TMS? Relative to device models, how important is process modeling?

10:30-10:50am R. Schwartz (Purdue) RJS_Session1.pdf (44.17 Kb)
10:50-11:10am T. Buonassisi (MIT)
11:10-11:30am D. Swanson (SunPower) Dick_Swanson_Session1.pdf (2.85 Mb)
11:30-11:50am S. Dunham (U Wash)
11:50-12:30pm Panel discussion led by W. Tumas (NREL)

Working Lunch 12:30-1:30pm Including these short talks:

  • SERIIUS by Larry Kazmerski (NREL)
  • SRC ERI by Steve Hillenius (SRC)
  • BAPVC by John Benner (BAPVC)

Technical session 2: Thin-film PV (Session Chair: R. Agrawal)
What is the status of the field? Is TMS for thin-film PV fundamentally different from that for crystalline PV? What are the critical challenges? What role does TMS play today? Is the field too fragmented to make TMS useful? Are technology agnostic solutions possible? Can TMS play a larger role?

1:30-1:50pm V. Stevanovic (NREL) Stevanovic_Session2.pdf (4.55 Mb)
1:50-2:10pm V. Dalal (Iowa) Dalal_Session2.pdf (2.34 Mb)
2:10-2:30pm S. Guha (IBM) Guha_Session2.pdf (3.92 Mb)
2:30-2:50pm M. Gloeckler (First Solar)
2:50-3:30pm Panel discussion led by R. Agrawal (Purdue)

Break 3:30-3:50pm

Technical session 3: Organic PV (Session Chair: J. Neaton)
What is the status of the field? Is OPV fundamentally “different”? How do ab initio and macroscopic models connect? What contribution can TMS play to the success of this field? How important is reliability modeling for such soft structures?

3:50-4:10pm S. Shaheen (U. Denver) Shaheen_NSF_TMS_Purdue_public.pdf (8.7 Mb)
4:10-4:30pm G. Li (Solarmer) Gang_Li_Session3.pdf (5.05 Mb)
4:30-4:50pm M. A. Alam (Purdue) Alam_Session3.pdf (5.22 Mb)
4:50-5:10pm S. B. Darling (Argonne) Darling_PV_Session3.pdf (2.72 Mb)
5:10-5:50pm Panel discussion led by J. Neaton (LBL)

6:00PM – Reception – in the Atrium of Armstrong Hall
7:00PM – Dinner

Followed by a Demonstration of nanoHUB and PVhub, by Gerhard Klimeck (Purdue)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Technical session 4: Characterization, Modeling and Simulation (Session Chair: J. Benner)
Does characterization cut across technologies? What is the relation between characterization and simulation? Can the multiscale challenge be addressed? Are characterization and TMS precompetitive activities? Are there special requirements for in-line characterization techniques?

7:30-8:00am Breakfast
8:00-8:20am D. Levi (NREL) Dean_Levi.pdf (3.66 Mb)
8:20-8:40am A. Rockett (UIUC) Rockett_Session4.pdf (8.28 Mb)
8:40-9:00am J. Sites (Colorado State) Sites_Session4.pdf (6.08 Mb)
9:00-9:20am C. Honsberg (Arizona State) Honsberg_Session4.pdf (10.19 Mb)
9:20-10:00am Panel discussion led by J. Benner}

10:00am-11:30am Break + Breakout Discussions:
The critical part of the workshop. Discussion leaders will begin by summarizing the specific panel discussion and important points from other panels. Discussions will then aim to produce 2 slides: 1) Conclusions (e.g. status, challenges, opportunities in the area) and 2) Recommendation.
Questions_for_Breakout_Sessions.ppt (198.5 Kb)

Breakout 0: broad issues B.J. Stanbery, [Ali Shakouri, recorder] ARMS 1021 Breakout 1: crystalline PV Bob Havemann, [Jeff Gray, recorder] ARMS 1028 Breakout 2: thin-film Oki Guanwan, [Peter Bermel, recorder] ARMS 1103 Breakout 3: OPV Jim Yardley, [Bryan Boudouris, recorder] ARMS 3109 Breakout 4: characterization David Ginley, [Ashraf Alam, recorder] ARMS 3115

11:30-12:30pm: Wrap-up
Breakout discussion leaders summarize their two slides and the audience responds. (10 min per topic)

Friday 12:30pm – Box lunches – Workshop adjourns

1:30PM – Tour of the Birck Facilities – Ali Shakouri, Director

Hotel Information

There is a block of rooms at the Purdue Memorial Union Club Hotel map and directions under the group name of Photovoltaics Workshop
101 North Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

It is conveniently located on campus between Grant Street, State Street and Northwestern Avenue, West Lafayette.
Phone: (800) 320-6291 for information and reservations.

and also at the Hilton Garden Inn under the group name “Photo”
5 minutes from campus.
356 East State Street
West Lafayette, Indiana 47906
Phone: (765) 743-2100

Getting to Purdue

By Plane

Indianapolis International Airport (code: IND) is the best choice and is serviced by most major airlines and their partner airlines. Directions for ground transportation can be found at the airport’s Ground Transportation Center

The Lafayette Limo shuttle bus departs Indianapolis International Airport daily every 2 hours between 6:30 AM, and 10:30 PM. The trip will take between 1 hour and 10 minutes to 1 hour 50 minutes depending on traffic and your final destination in the Lafayette / West Lafayette area. Call (765) 497-3828 or check their website for more information. Reservations are encouraged especially around times when the campus is on break. The Lafayette Limo has pick-up/drop-off locations at the Purdue Memorial Union and various other sites in West Lafayette.

Another Shuttle Service is Star of America.

Alternatively, a car can be rented. A list of rental car companies can be found at the airport’s Ground Transportation Center.

Purdue University Airport (code: LAF) is less than 1 mile from campus and is available for private planes. It is currently not served by any commercial airlines.

Chicago O’Hare International Airport (code: ORD) is located approximately 140 miles north of Greater Lafayette and is approximately a 3 hour drive from the airport to Purdue.

By Car

Driving Directions from the South (Indianapolis)

West Lafayette is approximately 70 miles northwest of Indianapolis. Take I-65 North to Lafayette and exit on State Road 26 (exit 172). Turn left at the stop light on to State Road 26. Remain on State Rd 26 approx 5 miles. State Rd 26 follows South Street in Lafayette until you approach the downtown area. It then follows Columbia Street across the Wabash River.

Once you cross the Wabash River, State Road 26 becomes State Street in West Lafayette. Proceed up State Street hill to Grant Street. Turn right on Grant Street, the Purdue Memorial Union will be on your left and the Grant Street Parking Garage will be on your right.

Driving Directions from the North (Chicago)

West Lafayette is approximately 140 miles southeast of Chicago. Take I-65 South to State Road 43 (exit 178).

Turn right onto State Road 43. Drive South on State Road 43 (approximately 6 miles) to State St (State Road 26.) This will be the 4th stop light, and a McDonald‘s will be on your right. Turn right onto State Street. You will want to remain in the right lane. Proceed up State Street hill to Grant Street (2nd stop light on State.)

Turn right on Grant Street, the Purdue Memorial Union will be on your left and the Grant Street Parking Garage will be on your right.

By Train

Amtrak Train service to Lafayette is available from Indianapolis, Chicago, and several other cities. The most likely connection is via Chicago, and is described below. For directions from other departure points, consult Amtrak’s site. To get to the Amtrak Station or Greyhound Bus Terminal in Chicago from O’Hare Airport, take the Continental Express Shuttle (773-454-7800) to Union Station, 225 Canal Street, Chicago. For assistance, Continental’s uniformed ticket agents are located in the baggage claims areas of terminals 1, 2, and 3 as well as outside U.S. Customs in Terminal 5. From Union Station, take the Amtrak train bound for Lafayette, IN. It would be advantageous to book a seat in advance. The toll-free number is (800) 872-7245.

By Bus

Greyhound Bus services the Greater Lafayette area from Chicago, Gary, Hammond, and Indianapolis, and thence from other locales. Schedules and fares vary, so consult the Greyhound site or call 800-231-2222., a resource for nanoscience and nanotechnology, is supported by the National Science Foundation and other funding agencies. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.