EDS Chapter: Detecting Degradation in Photovoltaic Plants – Friday 8th of July, 2:30 – 3:10pm


The operation of photovoltaic (PV) plants in the most economical way requires monitoring the performance of the PV modules to detect degradation as early as possible. Common methods for field inspection have limited capability of detecting various electronic defects. Although such defects can be identified with luminescence-based methods, the existing methods have severe limitations when used in the field. In this talk, we will present a novel contactless outdoor photoluminescence imaging approach that uses the sun as the excitation source.


A/Prof Ziv Hameiri received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel in 2005 (Graduated Summa Cum Laude). He was awarded his PhD by the University of New South Wales (School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering) in March 2011 for a thesis entitled Laser-Doped Selective Emitter and Local Back Surface Field Solar Cells with Rear Passivation. He was a Research Fellow at the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore between 2011 and 2014, where his research focused on characterisation of silicon wafers and solar cells using photoluminescence and on development of high-efficiency industrial solar cells.

In 2014 he was awarded the UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowship and in 2015 he received the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA). He is currently an Associate Professor, leading a group of 8-10 PhD students and several Research Fellows.

A/Prof. Ziv Hamwiri
University of New South Wales