Understanding organic solar cells using supercomputers: What a super idea!

Krishna Feron from our Photovoltaics Group recently attended the annual conference of the CSIRO Computational & Simulation Sciences Transformational Capability Platform and took out the prize for the best poster presentation! Krishna’s project uses a supercomputer to simulate the physical processes that make an organic solar cell work, from the absorption of sunlight through to the collection of electricity. Organic solar cells are an exciting new technology that will hopefully allow solar cells to be mass produced for the cost of printing a newspaper.

Krishna says CSIRO’s GPU cluster is already one of the most energy-efficient supercomputers in the world and its application to solar cell research is now making it even more ‘green’!

‡CSIRO’s Supermicro Xeon Cluster is ranked 15 on The Green500 list – a ranking of the world’s fastest and most powerful supercomputers by energy efficiency (June 2011 rankings)

For more information see: The Green500 List

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