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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Solar Asia Research Confab at IFS, Kandy

The Island 28/07/2011

The Solar Asia 2011 International Conference on Solar Energy Materials, Solar Cells and Solar Energy Applications will be held at the Institute of Fundamental Studies in Kandy from today (28) to July 30 2011.

Solar energy is expected to be a major supplementary power source in the very near future especially in tropical countries, like Sri Lanka. Research on solar energy materials and solar cells is a fast growing interdisciplinary branch of science and technology today. During the past many years, physicists, chemists, material scientists, engineers and industry personnel have focused their attention to develop novel materials for ‘highly efficient and low cost solar cells and photovoltaic devices.

Scientists and technologists in Asian countries continue to make notable contributions to these developments. In fact, Sri Lanka ranks among the top 10 nations with regard to research publications on dye sensitized solar cells.

The Solar-Asia 2011 conference will provide a forum for researchers from Asia and other countries to present their research, to, find out latest developments in specific areas and to network with experts in the field.

There will be about 100 research scientists and technologists from 14 countries making their deliberations at the three day conference, which will be inaugurated by Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Minister of Technology and Research on Thursday, July 28th Many senior and young researchers and academics from Sri Lanka will be making invited and contributed presentations at this conference.

The conference has been co-organized by the Institute of Fundamental Studies and the National Science Foundation.