25 Mar 2014
cmd-PC1D 6.0 now available for download. This version of PC1D contains Fermi-Dirac statistics and up-to-date models for Auger recombination, mobility, and band-gap narrowing.
23 Mar 2014
Quokka 2.2 and its settings file generator released. Quokka is a 2D/3D simulation program for solar cells.
23 Mar 2014
OPAL 2 expanded to allow customised spectra, refractive index and IQE data. Output can also be downloaded in the format required by Quokka 2.
12 Mar 2014
Wafer optics calculator released. It conducts a full ray tracing simlation of a textured wafer coated with thin films.
12 Mar 2014
PVL Newsletter #9 published, describing changes to the website in Jan/Feb 2014.
3 Mar 2014
PV Lighthouse in the news for its contribution to the design and fabrication of 24.4% solar cell: pv magazine article.
17 Feb 2014
Spectral mismatch calculator released. It determines a cell's short-circuit current density under various spectra and can be used to quantify experimental error due to spectral mismatch.
3 Feb 2014
Project to create a Virtual Production Environment (VPE) commences. The VPE will be an online program that simulates the manufacture of commercial Si solar cells. Project partners: UNSW, ASU and us.
28 Jan 2014
Refractive index data for amorphous silion oxide added to the RI library. Data measured and supplied by Johannes Seif (EPFL).
24 Jan 2014
Recent versions of Chrome have a bug that prevents drop-down lists functioning correctly. To fix: right click chrome icon, select properties, and check 'disable visual themes' on the compatability tab.
16 Jan 2014
PV Lighthouse partners with PVEducation.Org.
8 Jan 2014
PVL Newsletter #8 published. It describes the updates made to PV Lighthouse in Nov/Dec 2013 and plans for 2014.
26 Dec 2013
PV Lighthouse website receives its 20,000th unique visitor.
16 Dec 2013
Thermal velocity calculator released. It determines the thermal velocity of electrons and holes in crystalline silicon.
4 Dec 2013
Dopant ionisation calculator released. It determines the fraction of dopant atoms that are ionised in crystalline silicon.
28 Nov 2013
Griddler released for Windows. Griddler provides a fast and sophisticated way to determine the resistive losses in any metalisation pattern.
24 Nov 2013
Quokka 2.1 released for Windows and Linux. Quokka is a 2D/3D simulation program for solar cells. Version 2.1 expands on the optical options.
13 Nov 2013
Spectrum library created. Visit the library to analyse, compare and download the spectral intensity of common spectra (e.g., AM1.5g, AM0, photoconductance flash).
8 Nov 2013
PVL Newsletter #7 published. It describes the updates made to PV Lighthouse in Sep/Oct 2013.
1 Nov 2013
Our new solar spectrum calculator was released. It generates the direct and diffuse spectrum that falls on module under clear-sky atmospheres.
28 Oct 2013
Quokka 2 released. Quokka 2 is a computer program that rapidly simulates solar cells in 2D and 3D.
16 Oct 2013
Chinese translations added to the resistivity calculator by Yimao Wan (ANU).
2 Oct 2013
OPAL 2.4 (beta) released. It allows the user to upload experimental n & k data, and to optimise film thickness for a solar cell's experimental IQE.
1 Sep 2013
Korean translations added to the sheet resistance and equivalent-circuit calculators by Dongchul Suh (ANU).
26 Aug 2013
The PV Lighthouse website receives a face lift. Graphic design by Garnish Garden.
9 Aug 2013
PV Lighthouse welcomes Simeon Baker-Finch as its third employee. Expect an acceleration in the roll out of our solar cell calculators.
18 Jul 2013
Chinese translations added to the sheet resistance calculator by Yimao Wan (ANU).
3 Jul 2013
EDNA 2 is released as an online calculator. EDNA 2 simulates the behaviour of a region of heavily doped silicon, such as an emitter or a back-surface field. It can be used to determine the J0E of an arbitrarily doped emitter.
18 Jun 2013
PV Lighthouse's Mal Abbott presents a paper at the IEEE's 39th PV conference in Tampa. The paper, a collaboration with Dupont, evaluates the recombination losses in industrial phosphorus emitters.