Researcher

Dr Richard Corkish

My Expertise

Solar cells; solar energy; renewable enrgy; sustainable energy.

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Fields of Research (FoR)

Photodetectors, Optical Sensors and Solar Cells

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Biography

Chief Operating Officer, Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics

Research interest

Level 1: Life cycle assessment of different solar cells, modules, recycling processes

Level 2: Recycling of solar modules

Level 3: Remote renewable energy systems that can benefit the lives of people in remote islands of the Pacific Ocean

Interest in engineering

Why did you get into engineering?

I got into engineering to combine my desires for improving the...view more

Chief Operating Officer, Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics

Research interest

Level 1: Life cycle assessment of different solar cells, modules, recycling processes

Level 2: Recycling of solar modules

Level 3: Remote renewable energy systems that can benefit the lives of people in remote islands of the Pacific Ocean

Interest in engineering

Why did you get into engineering?

I got into engineering to combine my desires for improving the world and natural environment with solving technical problems.

What are your research goals?

Participate and support driving photovoltaics prices even lower than now, leading to realisation of expectations to wipe out fossil fuel and nuclear electricity.

Help the remote communities in remote Pacific islands to access sustainable and affordable energy services.

What do people not understand about what you do?

A few people choose to not understand that solar photovoltaic generated is remarkably cheap, ready and able to replace the fossil fuel economy that has supported our past and will destroy our future if we allow it to persist.

Advice for prospective School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy engineers

This is an exciting opportunity to marry a desire to work with technology and a desire to improve the environmental and social conditions for billions of people. 

Lectures/Courses taught

SOLA1070 Sustainable Energy

SOLA4951, 4952, 4953

SOLA9451, 9452, 9453

Students (delete section if not applicable)

Student Projects:

Renewable Energy (solar, hydro, geothermal) in the islands of the South Pacific Ocean

Looking for students for projects related to:

Life cycle assessment for photovoltaic cells, modules and recycling processes

Solar module recycling technology

Professional Organisations and Consulting positions

PV Technical Committee Member, IEEE Electron Devices Society

Editor, IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics

Editorial Board Member, IoP Progress in Energy

Advisory Committee, National Centre for Photovoltaic Research and Education, IIT Bombay

Awards, Grants, Patents

Awards

IAG Eureka Prize for Innovative Solutions to Climate Change, 2008

Grants

Australia US Institute for Advanced Photovoltaics/ Australian Institute for Advanced Photovoltaics (and extensions)

Education

PhD in Electrical Engineering from UNSW

Bachelor of Communications Engineering from RMIT

 


My Awards

2008 IAG Eureka Prize for Innovative Solutions to Climate Change (on behalf of School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering)


My Research Activities

Recycling of silicon solar cells, modules, systems

Life cycle assessment of solar cells, modules, systems

Renewable energy (solar, hydro, geothermal) implementation in remote Pacific islands


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

  • Recycling of silicon solar cells.
  • Life cycle assessment of solar cells, modules, systems
  • Rural, remote energy services in the Pacific Ocean countries

Currently supervising

SOLA4951, 4952, 4953

SOLA9451, 9452, 9453


My Teaching

I supervise Bachelor and Coursework Masters students for final year thesis projects.

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Location

Office Location: Room 312, Tyree Energy Technologies Building

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Contact

+61 (2) 9385 4068
9385 7762