Psi-k: Beyond solar cells: new approaches to radiation conversion
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Beyond solar cells: new approaches to radiation conversion
MAPEX Symposium 2021: 29 – 30 September 2021
This online workshop aims at bringing together expertise on alternative sources, techniques and materials for radiative energy conversion beyond conventional solar cells. It addresses a wide range of applications including space technologies, radiation therapy, clean energy generation, simulation and more.
invited talks by internationally renowned speakers
poster contributions, including a short oral presentation in advance in dedicated pitch sessions and poster awards for the best presentations (poster registration possible until Sep 19)
an informal live meeting on Wednesday afternoon in Bremen
Aims and scope
Harvesting sunlight with semiconductor-based solar cells is without a doubt one of the most important technologies to tackle energy generation as an alternative to or in the absence of fossil fuels. As such, energy-conversion devices such as photovoltaics are critical for generating electricity both to achieve the energy transition on earth as well as for space applications. While electromagnetic radiation from the sun constitutes the major source of convertible radiative energy, other types of radiation can potentially be harvested as well. This includes proton radiation from the sun, radiation from nuclear waste or other types of ionizing radiation. Likewise, conventional solar cells can be substituted or supplemented by alternative energy conversion devices like organic or perovskite solar cells, betavoltaic cells or other advanced materials that interact with ionizing radiation in a predictable and usable way.