PP5 Education, Training and Outreach
Within the PP5 Education, Training and Outreach package, ACAP has specific targets for high quality publications and for the number of researchers in different categories who benefit from the infrastructural support it provides, as well as for the number and length of researcher exchanges. A significant number of outreach events is also targeted for each year. As well as major events such as those reported in the PP5 section of this annual report, other outreach activities in 2015 have included public lectures on material relevant to ACAP’s activities, a high-level book chapter introduction to solar energy, newspaper and magazine articles, and visits, information papers and
presentations for policy developers and their advisors.
Of particular note for 2015 was the very strong international interest in the articles by ACAP researchers in leading journals. A remarkably high number of these were “Hot Papers” and “Highly Cited Papers”, as identified by the Web of Science. See Section 2 of this report for further information. In general, interest in and citations of AUSIAPV/ACAP’s work have grown considerably over the year.
The biennial World Solar Challenge was held in October 2015 and the ACAP-sponsored sedan-style Sunswift performed admirably after being relegated to the back of the starting grid following a tyre blowout in the time trials. The associated project, including the two-year preparation for the race, involved outstanding educational and business training experience for the team, a huge outreach program for, especially, school children, and significant social media and global press attention.
Anita Ho-Baillie was an invited speaker at the prestigious 2015 Professor Harry Messel International Science School, at the University of Sydney, from 28 June to 11 July, delivering lectures to elite final-year high-school students (133 attendees) from Australia, China, India, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, New Zealand and the UK. Past lecturers to the event include Nobel laureates James Watson, Jerome Friedman and Brian Schmidt. The Virtual Production Line, the interactive resource for teaching photovoltaics manufacturing, has been publicly available to engineering educators all over the world through the year, in the form of the new PV Factory platform (see Section PP5.2a), through a partnership with PV Lighthouse, which is expected to become a formal Collaborating Industry Participant in ACAP in early 2016. The interest level has been high, with hundreds of students around the world benefiting.
The final report on the first detailed assessment of photovoltaics research infrastructure and equipment was released by ACAP in 2015. The associated Research Capability Directory will facilitate sharing of equipment and minimisation of duplication in the years to come. See Section 5.2f of this report.