A group of Solgen engineers attended the 2016 UNSW Renewable Energy & Mechanical Engineering Student Meet Industry Night to rub shoulders with the brightest solar engineering students.

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has been leading the charge in solar energy technology at the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics. In 2014 they set the world record efficiency of a single crystal silicon cell 15 times over in the last 4 decades and recently, they achieved another world record for light to electricity efficiency of cells under unfocused sunlight.

With such significant results in photovoltaic research and bubbling excitement around their future careers, it was no surprise the students had questions around the every-day experience of working as an engineer, working environments and positions available in the industry. Students were also interested in discussing the potential of battery storage and the direction of future regulations in renewables; topics our engineers were happy to discuss.

Solgen’s Energy Systems Engineer Ewa Lindelof was inspired to hear the student’s multi-faceted take on solar power. “I became an Energy Systems Engineer after backpacking through South America and realizing how dirty such a large industry is,” Ewa said. “Access to clean energy is a human right and becoming an energy systems engineer was how I could help.

“Seeing how passionate the UNSW students were and the opportunities they are creating for themselves was inspiring. Their views and degrees extend past photovoltaics and that’s exactly what the industry needs.”

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