Media representatives are invited to attend the Sixteenth Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Sept. 27-30, 1982, at the Town Country Hotel, 500 Hotel Circle, San Diego, California.

Engineers and scientists from universities, industry, and government-sponsored research centers will attend to exchange new technology and scientific results in photovoltaics research. More than 500 scientific and engineering papers on solar energy systems and their applications will be presented.

The conference includes an exhibit area which will feature more than 50 displays and demonstrations of state-of the-art solar cells, solar panels and power systems for space satellites, industrial, electrical utility, and residential applications. The exhibit area, which is open to the public, will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 28 and 29.

A press booth will be located near the registration desk. Interviews, still photos, or videotaping may be arranged by contacting:

M.B. Murrill

Public Information Office

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Pasadena, California

(213) 354-5011


Press Information Desk

Atlas Ballroom Foyer, Town Country Hotel

San Diego, California

(714) 291-7131






Sept. 22, 1982

A panel of solar energy technology leaders representing industry, academic and other research centers, will present their views and findings on the future of photovoltaic (solar cell array) applications, market forecasts, and opportunities for small business participation in the production of photovoltaic products and systems on Tues. Sept. 28, 1982 at 8:30 p.m.

The panel discussion, which is open to the press, is part of the Sixteenth Photovoltaic Specialists Conference sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Follow-on interviews following the discussion may be arranged.

The panel will address subjects important to the growing solar energy field, including:

- Promising photovoltaic materials.

Photovoltaic systems market forecasts to the year 2000.

- Economical manufacture of photovoltaic products and systems.

- Future industry and small business production and marketing of photovoltaic systems.

Other highlights of the conference, being held Sept. 27-30, include presentation of late results in photovoltaic research and development. Among the results are:

- Record efficiency levels for three thin film solar cell materials. Efficiencies of more than 10 percent for amorphous silicon and telluride/cadmium sulphide solar cells will be reported, in addition to 10.6 percent efficencies for copper indium diselenide/cadmium sulphide solar cells. Record performance results of more than 20 percent for two concentrator solar cell designs will also be discussed.

- Major progress in the development and deployment of photovoltaic systems for residential use will be described, including the successful operation of number of residential systems, the construction of one megawatt power utility system, and the performance of variety of medium size photovoltaic systems now in use throughout the nation.

- Advances in crystalline silicon technology will be disclosed. The first commerical production of silicon solar cells, based on upgraded metallurigical polycrystalline silicon, has been successfully implemented with production cell efficiencies as high as 14 percent. The first U.S. production of photovoltaic modules based on "ribbons" of silicon cells will be announced. The module is approximately 4 feet by 6 feet and will have power output of about 180 watts.

New high efficiency solar cells for spacecraft applications will be reported, in addition to the first reports of efforts in the U.S. and Europe to design and develop multi-hundred kilowatt arrays for space platforms.

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