Photovoltaic Technology Advancements


CN Theatre - MacEwan University
10460 105 St NW Room 5-142
Edmonton AB T5J 4S2
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Dr. Xihua Wang


Join SESA and Dr. Xihua Wang for an evening exploring the: 

  • History of photovoltaic (PV) technology - Various PV devices and systems, with an emphasis on the technology itself.
  • A review of current PV devices and systems - with a brief discussion about the fabrication process of silicon, thin-film solar cells, and the construction of PV systems.
  • PV industry - Disscussing PV production, solar cell efficiency, and price trends based on North American and German studies.
  • A bright future: the development of solar technologies - Dr. Wang will show the current active research actives on future solar technologies, including new material based solar cells, solar water splitting and CO2 reduction, and concentrated solar power technologies.

Xihua Wang is currently an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta, Canada. He received the BSc degree in Physics from Peking University (Beijing) in 2003, and the Master and PhD degrees in Physics from Boston University in 2005 and 2009, respectively. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto from 2009 to 2012. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta as an Assistant Professor in July 2012. Dr. Wang received the Photonics Graduate Fellowship at Boston University (2006), and the Ontario Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto (2010).

The Xihua Wang Research Group is conducting studies related to:

  • Flexible Electronics.
  • Photonics and Optoelectronics - various light management strategies (engineering approaches) to enhance the performance of Solar Photovoltaics and LEDs.
  • Luminescent Solar Concentrators - Quantum Dot based solar cell technology.