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Professor Martin Green

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In this video, Professor Green talks about harnessing the sun's energy to power future transport.


Martin Green is Scientia Professor at the University of New South Wales, Sydney and Director of the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics, involving several other Australian Universities and research groups. His group's contributions to photovoltaics are well known and include holding the record for silicon solar cell efficiency for 30 of the last 39 years, described as one of the “Top Ten” Milestones in the history of solar photovoltaics. The PERC solar cell that he invented in 1983 and his team developed to its full potential accounted for 91.2% of worldwide silicon solar module production in 2021 (CPIA).

Major international awards include the 1999 Australia Prize, the 2002 Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize, the 2007 SolarWorld Einstein Award, the 2016 Ian Wark Medal from the Australian Academy of Science, the prestigious Global Energy Prize in 2018 and the 2021 Japan Prize.


Research Interests

  • Semiconductor Device physics
  • Novel Semiconductor devices
  • Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conversion
  • Silicon Solar Cells
  • Photovoltaic module design
  • Photovoltaic device fabrication and characterisation
  • Semiconductor device modelling
  • Electrical energy storage
  • Thin film crustalline silicon photovoltaic devices

Selected Publications

Journal articles

Green MA; Hishikawa Y; Dunlop ED; Levi DH; Hohl-Ebinger J; Yoshita M; Ho-Baillie AWY, 2019, 'Solar cell efficiency tables (Version 53)', Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, vol. 27, pp. 3 - 12,

Green MA, 2019, 'How Did Solar Cells Get So Cheap?', Joule, vol. 3, pp. 631 - 633,