By Prof. Bulent Akinoglu, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.
While solar photovoltaic (PV) R/D is heavily continuing, worldwide solar power plant installed capacity reached to around 400 GW. In this rapid transition, short and long term performance and feasibility studies of PV applications become extremely important research topics. This talk will be about the recent researches on these topics that the speaker conducted together with his colleagues. Newly developed and novel methodologies of performance analysis and new techno-economic indicators to use in feasibility studies will be presented and discussed.
Dr. Akinoglu is a physicist in Department of Physics, Middle East Technical University, Ankara-Turkey. He is also affiliated by Earth System Science Department (ESS-METU) and also a member of GUNAM (Center for Solar Energy Research and Application-METU). Dr. Akinoglu is co-founder of ESS and ISES Turkish Branch. He is also co-founder of several NGOs in Turkey who are working on energy and environmental issues. He participated in more than 35 international and national conferences and in 8 of them he was invited speaker. He worked/is working in 12 projects in which 6 of them he was/is the coordinator. Dr. Akinoglu acted as the adviser of 25 Ph. D. and M. Sc. thesis and in 20 of them he was sole or principal supervisor. He is acting as a referee of about 12 international high impact journals. He published around 90 articles and a book chapter.
Dr. Akinoglu established a crystal growth laboratory in Physics Department and worked in this laboratory many years with his students on the material science aspects and in the meantime he continued to study on solar energy, physical modeling of solar irradiation reaching the Earth, and energy and environment issues. He developed courses on Solar Energy, Physics of Solar Energy and Physics of Energy topics and he is opening these courses every semester; many students take these courses from science and engineering departments. Currently, he is working on determining the countrywide solar irradiation prediction schemes, energy efficient houses, long and short term PV module and array performance calculations and feasibilities, paleo estimation of solar irradiation, heat island effect on PV power plants, sustainable development and sustainable energy policy issues.