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Can solar power deliver?









The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


Copyright Johan Douma

Organised by Professor Salvator Roberto Amendolia, Professor Peter Edwards FRS, Sir Richard Friend FRS, Professor Can Li

Solar power has the potential to provide an abundant, sustainable and low-carbon energy stream for civilization’s burgeoning energy demands. However, this bold vision now requires rapid revolutionary, not evolutionary, progress in the capture, conversion and storage of the Sun’s energy. The world’s leading experts will be asked “Can solar power deliver our global energy solution on a 20–30 year timescale with a world population approaching 10 billion with growing economic needs?”.

The meeting was followed by a satellite meeting at the Kavli Royal Society International Centre on Functional bulk nanostructures for energy generation and storage.

Download the programme here (PDF).

The proceedings of this meeting have been published in a Discussion Meeting issue of Philosophical Transactions A.

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Schedule of talks

Session 1

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Energy arithmetic for a low-carbon future

Professor David MacKay FRS, DECC and University of Cambridge, UK

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Silicon solar cells: state-of-the-art

Professor Martin Green, University of New South Wales, Australia

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What can we learn from photosynthesis about how to convert solar energy into fuels?

Professor Richard Cogdell FRS, University of Glasgow, UK

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Why solar?

Professor Carlo Rubbia ForMemRS, European Organization for Particle Physics (CERN), Swizerland

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Concentrating solar thermal power from the deserts

Professor Hans Muller-Steinhagen

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Concentrator photovoltaics

Professor Keith Barnham – Imperial College London

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Molecules and Nanostructures for Solar Energy Conversion

Prospects of high efficiency flexible solar cells

Professor Ayodhya Tiwari, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Science and Technology, Switzerland

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Hydrogen for energy storage and beyond

Professor Andreas Zuttel, EMPA, Switzerland

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New approaches to photosynthesis: from metal oxides to synthetic biology

Professor Lee Cronin, University of Glasgow, UK

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Prospects for conversion of solar energy into chemical fuels

Professor Anthony Harriman, University of Newcastle, UK

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So, can solar power deliver?

Professor Michele Aresta, Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro Italy

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Solar hydrogen from water

Professor Can Li, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS, China

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The role of chemistry in the renewable energy challenge

Professor Robert Schlögl, Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Germany

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Can solar power deliver? The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK