“Solar Asia 2018”, the 4th International Research Conference on Solar Energy Materials, Solar Cells and Solar Energy Applications organized by the National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy was held from 4th to 6th January 2018 at Hotel Oak Ray.
Solar energy is expected to be a major supplementary power source in the very near future especially in tropical countries, like Sri Lanka. Research on solar energy materials and solar cells is a fast growing interdisciplinary research area in science and technology today. During the past many years, physicists, chemists, material scientists, engineers and industry personnel have focused their attention to develop novel materials for highly efficient and low cost solar cells and photovoltaic devices. Scientists and technologists in Asian countries continue to make notable contributions to these developments. In fact, Sri Lanka ranks among the top 10 nations with regard to research publications on dye sensitized solar cells. The Solar-Asia 2018 conference provided a forum for researchers from Asia and other countries to present their research, to find out latest developments in specific areas and to network with experts in the field.
The inauguration ceremony was graced by Hon. Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Science, Technology and Research.