The New Pilbara Economic Conference
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Dr Matthew Stocks

Australian National University, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Dr Matthew Stocks has more than 20 years research and development experience in renewable energy and photovoltaic devices.

Since returning to ANU in 2013, I have been Chief Investigator on several ARENA funded research projects, examining a variety of aspects of renewable energy generation.  These span from studies supporting high penetration renewables including 100% renewable energy and sustainable transport through to high efficiency solar cell concepts, including silicon based IBC solar cells and tandem solar cells comprising perovskites or GaAs with silicon as the lower bandgap device.

I have extensive experience in research and development, and commercialisation of silicon photovoltaics.  From 2000-2012, I was involved in the development, technical transfer and subsequent large scale manufacture of the ANU invented SLIVER technology.  I drove the original development of the cell manufacturing process at ANU from idea through to proof of concept.  In 2003, I then joined Origin Energy for the design and build of the pilot facility as Process Engineering Team Leader before advancing to Cell R&D manager and ultimately Chief Technologist, overseeing the full suite of SLIVER technology R&D.  I continued in this role when the joint venture Transform Solar, between Micron and Origin, was formed and manufacturing moved to the US.  SLIVER commercialisation was a major endeavour for Origin and partners with over $250M in expenditure, with more than $7M in royalties flowing to ANU.  My development activities spanned the full breadth of SLIVER development, from silicon material refinement through to new product development and certification testing.  Origin’s continued investment was dependent on the success of these R&D activities.  

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