Vasilis Fthenakis

Vasilis Fthenakis is a senior scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, a professor and founding director of the Center for Life Cycle Analysis at Columbia University. Dr Fthenakis is recognized worldwide for his research that provided the underpinning of PV technologies in terms of their lifecycle impacts. He identified potential barriers in PV commercialization and proactively conducted research that resolved concerns associated with rapid growth of the PV market. He leads international collaborations on PV sustainability under the auspices of the International Energy Agency, is a Fellow of both the International Energy Foundation and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, a member of the editorial boards of Progress in Photovoltaics and the Journal of Loss Prevention, and author or coauthor of more than 300 publications on energy and environmental topics.

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Photovoltaics have started replacing fossil fuels as major energy generation roadmaps, targeting higher efficiencies and/or lower costs are aggressively pursued to bring PV to cost parity with grid electricity. Third generation PV technologies may overcome the fundamental limitations of photon to electron conversion in single-junction devices and, thus, improve both their efficiency and cost. This book presents notable advances in these technologies, namely organic cells and nanostructures, dye-sensitized cells and multijunction III/V cells. The following topics are addressed: Solar spectrum conversion for photovoltaics using nanoparticles; multiscale modeling of heterojunctions in organic PV; technologies and manufacturing of OPV; life cycle assessment of OPV; new materials and architectures for dye-sensitized solar cells; advances of concentrating PV; modeling doped III/V alloys; polymeric films for lowering the cost of PV, and field performance factors. A panel of acclaimed PV professionals contributed these topics, compiling the state of knowledge for advancing this new generation of PV.

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