May 11-12, 2010

Denver Airport Marriott at
  Gateway Park
16455 E. 40th Circle
Aurora, Colorado 80011
Ph. 303-371-4333


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Monday, May 10, 2010
5 - 6:30 pm Welcoming Reception - light snacks & cash bar

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
7:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:15 am Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • Pat Gallagher, Director, National Institute of Standards & Technology
  • Roger Little, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Spire Corporation
  • Rob Collins, Distinguished University Professor and NEG Endowed Chair of Silicate and Materials Science, University of Toledo
8:45 am Plenary Speakers
  • Wafer Based Crystalline Silicon PV, Ethan Good, Director Research and Development (SolarWorld)
  • Amorphous Silicon and Polycrystalline Thin Film PV, Bob Birkmire, Director, Institute of Energy Conversion, U. of Delaware
  • III-V Multi-Junction PV, Jim Ermer, Director CPV Products, Spectrolab, Inc.
  • Breakout Instructions
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Plenary Speakers
  • Excitonic and Quantum-Structured PV, David Ginley, Research Fellow & Group Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • State-of-the-Art Measurements for PV, Keith Emery, Manager for Device Performance, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Instructions for Breakouts
11:45 pm Lunch and Speaker Session - Travis Bradford, (Prometheus Institute)
1:30 pm

Breakout Sessions: Topical Panel and Facilitated Discussion

Future Drivers and Characteristics Discussion Questions

  • What will be the most important drivers for advancements in PV technology development and use over the next two decades? (any driver – economic, technical, societal, political)
  • What is our vision for the future? Where do we want to be in 20 years?
  • What radical advances/improvements do we want to achieve in the future? "In the future, we will be able will have advanced to the state where…."
  • What are possible goals for the future?
2:20 pm


Broad Technology Challenges and Barriers Discussion Questions

  • What are the broad technical barriers (these are broad barriers, not measurement barriers) to development and adoption of critical technologies and systems integral to advancements in PV technologies?
  • What are the key technical issues preventing technology from moving forward and reaching goals for PV?
3:30 pm Break
3:45 pm

Breakout Sessions

Technology-Measurement Issues & Grand Challenges Discussion Questions

  • Considering the major technology barriers, what do we need to measure that we can’t measure now
  • What are the major barriers preventing key measurements?
  • Where do you think the lack of measurement could most likely impede technology progress?
  • Considering critical technology barriers, where are the measurement showstoppers?
4:30 pm Day One Report Out (Main Session Room)
5:00 pm Adjourn
5 - 7:00 pm Networking Reception - appetizers & cash bar

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
7:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:30 am

Breakout Sessions

Technology-Measurement Issues & Grand Challenges Discussion Questions

Previous day's session continues.

  • Questions as above.
  • What are the technology-measurement priorities that must be addressed?
10:00 am Break
10:30 am


Priority Technology-Measurement Grand Challenges

Identify key elements for each of the high priority issues:

  • Major barriers to the measurement solution
  • Performance targets or aspects
  • Applications – sectors, technologies it can be applied to
  • Activities, R&D, etc. that needs to be done
  • Timing (near, mid, long) of approaches
  • Potential stakeholders and roles
  • Benefits/ advantages of the approach
11:45 am Lunch and Speaker Session - John Lushetsky, U.S. Department of Energy
1:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

Identification of Major Themes and Report-Out Preparation

2:00 pm Day Two Report Out
3:15 pm Adjourn