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Biographical entry Wenham, Stuart Ross (1857 - 2017)

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Born
15 July 1857
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died
23 December 2017
Sydney, New South Wales, ay
Occupation
Electrical engineer

Summary

Stuart Wenham was a pioneer in solar engineering and at the forefront of commercialisation of solar power technology for nearly 40 years. He invented or co-invented suite of solar cell technologies. One of these was advanced hydrogen passivation, which uses lasers to control the charge of hydrogen atoms in the silicon wafers of solar panels, and significantly increases the efficiency of solar cells. With Martin Green and Shi Zhengrong, Wenham developed the thin-film cells CSG (crystalline silicon on glass), the large-scale manufacture of which significantly reduced production costs of silicon wafers. These technologies were adopted by energy companies world-wide had a major impact on renewable energy generation.

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Events

? - 2017
Career position - Director of Academic Studies, University of New South Wales
? - 2017
Career position - Director, Centre of Excellence for Advanced Photovoltaics and Photonics, University of New South Wales
1990 -
Career position - Associate Director, Photovoltaic Special Research Centre, University of New South Wales
1992
Career position - Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, United Kingdom
1992
Award - CSIRO External Medal (with Martin Green)
1992 - 1998
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, Progress in Photovoltaics
1996
Award - Special Investigators Award, Australian Research Council
1997
Career position - International Co-Chair, 26th Institution of Engineering and Technology Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, Anaheim, California, U.S.A.
1999
Award - Australia Prize (with Martin Green), Commonwealth Department of Industry, Science and Resources
1999 - 2017
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
2001
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society in electrical engineering
2005 - 2017
Career position - Chief Technology Officer, Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd
2008
Award - Clunies Ross Award, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
2009
Award - Cherry Award, 34th Institution of Engineering and Technology Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
2011
Award - J. J. Ebers Award, International Electron Devices, Group, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
2013
Award - A. F. Harvey Engineering Prize, Institution of Engineering and Technology, United Kingdom

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