Dr Brett Hallam, from the UNSW node, has won the Premier's Award for Energy Innovation in New South Wales.

Dr Brett Hallam, from the UNSW node, won the Premier's Award for Energy Innovation in New South Wales.

His research is resulting in a significant increase in electrical output of solar panels which will lead to cheaper photovoltaic generated electricity. His focus is on developing techniques for manipulating the charge state of atomic hydrogen in silicon to neutralise performance-limiting defects in solar cells. He has managed multiple international collaborations with industrial solar cell manufacturers and research institutes, achieving world-record silicon solar cell efficiencies.