Meeting Information

General information about the meeting can be found below and will be updated with any additional details as they become available.

Brett Hallam will receive the Young Professional Award at PVSC 47.

Brett Hallam is an Associate Professor in the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering (University of New South Wales, Sydney).

He was in the fifth batch of students studying the world’s first Bachelor degree dedicated to photovoltaics (Photovoltaic and Solar Energy Engineering, UNSW). He then completed a PhD in Photovoltaic Engineering (UNSW) on hydrogen passivation and laser doping for silicon solar cells, supervised by the late Professor Wenham. During this time, he was a consultant for Suntech, and part of the team to develop the world’s first 20% efficient industrial p-type Cz solar cell.

He is best known for his work on manipulating hydrogen charge states (advanced hydrogenation) for defect passivation, and development of rapid processes to eliminate LID and LeTID, which he and the UNSW hydrogenation team subsequently commercialised. His latest achievement is the demonstration of p-type Cz heterojunction solar cells with stable open circuit voltages >735 mV.

He is now the Research Director for Advanced Hydrogenation at UNSW, working with many of the world’s leading solar cell manufacturers, and a visiting academic at the University of Oxford. 

When not working, he is most likely enjoying time under the sun at the beach surfing or kitesurfing.

We are excited to share that PVSC is going virtual for the first time this year and we are very excited to invite you at the Virtual PV Networking Events this year. The series of events will provide a great networking platform for your organization, students, and the PV community. For this year, PV Jobs will operate in three parallel tracks. These events will be Wed, 17th June in the afternoon (US time).

First, there will be a PV Pitch Event (time TBD). Experts from industry, national laboratories, and academia will give a brief pitch about their organizations and then answer questions from the audience in the remaining time. 

Second, there will be a live PV Jobs Networking Event/Jobs Fair directly after the pitch event. PV Jobs seekers do not need to sign up in advance, but are encouraged to reach out to potential employers directly during the course of the events.

Finally, there is an online forum available now to connect job seekers and job offerors: the LinkedIn PV Jobs group. Relevant job listings on LinkedIn will be available there for job seekers to review. Any questions or comments can be posted directly within the group.

Please feel free to reach out Nikhil Jain ( with subject line stating PV Jobs in case of any other questions. Look forward to having you be a part of the first Virtual PV Networking Events. Thank you!

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This is the 40th-year birthday of the IEEE PVSC Sun Run—and we cannot let this virus to prohibit our runners to celebrate this important historical event. With the cooperation of our PVSC runners, we will retain this Sun Run in conjunction with the virtual 47th IEEE PVSC during the initial period June 15 to June 19.

How? We ask you to run and record your time for a 5km course in your location during this June 15-19 period. Then, send your time (minutes:seconds), your age, your sex, and your contact information (name, address, email) to the Race Director ( The subject of the email should be: MY PVSC SUN RUN RESULT. We will then record and publish the results on the PVSC website for this and future generations to admire. And yes, the PVSC longtime enthusiast and race founder will participate—as perhaps the only (but he hopes not) one who ran in San Diego in 1980!

We would like you to send a PHOTO of you before, during, or after your run. We would post this as well to highlight and document your contribution to this birthday event!

If you beat him (and this is almost assured), you will receive a pair of authentic IEEE PVSC Sun Run socks—specially designed for our Calgary event. I should add—for the first time, there is no registration fee to participate!

We invite you all to take part in our 40th-year unique VIRTUAL PVSC SUN RUN BIRTHDAY PARTY. And get training started for Fort Lauderdale 2021!

2020 IEEE William Cherry Award to be presented at the 47th IEEE PVSC to Professor James Sites 

James Sites is a Professor of Physics at Colorado State University. He began his photovoltaics career 45 years ago with cells made by ion-beam sputtering of indium–tin–oxide onto silicon. Since then, he has primarily focused on the device physics of polycrystalline thin-film solar cells, particularly CIGS and CdTe, that are compatible with cost-effective manufacturing. His goals have been to quantitatively separate the various solar-cell loss mechanisms, to explain the details of the mechanisms, and to suggest strategies for improved performance. In recent years he has collaborated closely with Prof. W.S. Sampath on the fabrication, characterization, and analysis of high-efficiency CdTe cells.

Prof. Sites has always enjoyed working closely with students at all levels. Several generations of his students have helped him build a comprehensive PV measurement lab, and together they have developed a variety of analytical and simulation techniques. Thirty of his students have now completed their PhD degree, over forty their MS, and many of them have continued with active roles in the photovoltaics community.  

Over time, Prof. Sites has assumed an increasing leadership role with thin–film solar–cell research, and he collaborates closely with several companies and other universities in the U.S. and abroad. He has had a particular focus on increasing the collaboration among the different groups working on CdTe at the device level, which has led to several productive joint projects and a series of annual workshops.  

Prof. Sites was an undergraduate at Duke and a graduate student at Cornell, where he built the first dilution refrigerator in the U.S. and then cooled 3He to millikelvin temperatures by compressing the liquid to solid. As a postdoc at Los Alamos, he continued with low temperatures to magnetically align nuclei to measure their gamma-ray distributions. Since joining the Colorado State faculty, however, he has focused on semiconductor physics with the bulk of his work for many years in photovoltaics.

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