Professor Andrew Blakers is Director of the Australian National University Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems, which employs 60 staff. He is responsible for several innovations in solar energy photovoltaic technology, including "Sliver cells". Blakers has secured many research grants and won several awards.
Sliver Cell photovoltaic technology uses just one tenth of the costly silicon used in conventional solar panels while matching power, performance, and efficiency. Blakers invented the technology with colleague Dr Klaus Weber and developed it with funding from energy supplier Origin Energy and the Australian Research Council.