Women in photovoltaics

Women in photovoltaics

Today is Women’s Day. Although not everyone celebrates it we bow our heads for the women who have played and continue to play a sizable role in the continued development of photovoltaic technology in the world and in Poland.

The development of photovoltaics, like many other fields of science and technology, has been and continues to be shaped by the contributions of many outstanding individuals, including women. They are often underestimated in the historiography of technology. Although the specific nature of the photovoltaic industry makes it more difficult to point to specific individuals from this area alone. However, there are several women who have had a significant impact on the development of renewable energy and science-related technologies.

Keep in mind that my choice can certainly be very selective. I don’t want to exclude anyone with it and if you have other interesting suggestions, go ahead and write in the comments!!!

Worldwide. Women in photovoltaics.

Maria Telkes (1900-1995) – Hungarian-American scientist and inventor, pioneer in the field of solar thermal technologies. It has contributed strongly to the development of photovoltaics and solar power. Telkes is known for its work on solar heating and cooking systems. Although not directly related to photovoltaics, they have had a major impact on the development of solar energy technologies.

Dr. Barbara L. Cushing – As managing director of the Solar Energy Research Institute (now the National Renewable Energy Laboratory) in the 1970s. In the 1970s, Dr. Cushing played a key role in leading research and development in solar energy, including photovoltaics, in the United States.

Dr. Sarah Kurtz – a scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the United States. There, her research focused on increasing the efficiency and durability of photovoltaic cells. Kurtz has played a key role in the development of multi-cell technology, an important direction in the search for higher efficiency solar panels.

Dr. Laura Nelson – Former Commissioner for the Environment. The Energy Council of Utah, USA, which has helped promote and integrate renewable technologies, including photovoltaics, into the state’s energy strategy. Her work on energy policy has helped pave the way for greater adoption of solar energy.

In Poland. Women in photovoltaics.

The specific contribution of women to the development of photovoltaics in Poland may be more difficult to identify. Mainly due to the fact that the photovoltaic industry is relatively young and rapidly growing. However, there are women holding key positions in companies and industry organizations who are contributing to the promotion and implementation of photovoltaic solutions:

Prof. Ph. Eng. Aldona Kluczek – Specializing in thermochemical processes and photocatalytic conversion of solar energy to chemical energy. Her research may have an indirect impact on technology development in the field of photovoltaics, by increasing the efficiency of solar energy conversion.

Dr. Ing. Małgorzata Szymańska – Assistant Professor at the Institute of Renewable Energy, where he works on photovoltaic systems. Her scientific work focuses on analyzing the performance of PV installations. This has a direct impact on optimizing their operation and increasing energy efficiency.

Women in photovoltaics.

Agnieszka Glosniewska – founder and president of the Women in Energy Foundation. It is an organization that promotes gender equality and support for women in the energy industry, including renewables. Through educational and networking activities, the foundation is helping to raise the visibility of women in the energy and photovoltaic industries.

Dr. Eng. Ewa Klugmann-Radziemska – is one of the leading figures in the Polish scientific photovoltaic community. He works at Gdansk University of Technology, where he is a professor in the Department of Chemical Technology. Her research focuses on various aspects related to renewable energy technologies, including photovoltaics in particular.

Dr. Olga Malinkiewicz – is co-founder and chief technologist at Saule Technologies, a company that is pioneering the use of perovskites in photovoltaics. Its innovative approach to producing flexible, lightweight and efficient perovskite-based solar panels represents a breakthrough in photovoltaic technology and opens up new opportunities for the energy industry. Dr. Malinkiewicz made her breakthrough discovery during her doctoral studies at the Institute of Photonic Technology and Nanoelectronics at the University of Valencia. She discovered a method for applying perovskite layers to various materials using a low-temperature inkjet printing process, which was a significant advance over earlier, more costly and complicated production methods.

Women in industry organizations

Although it is difficult to point to individual names, many women in Poland are working for the development of photovoltaics through activities in industry organizations, associations and initiatives that promote renewable energy sources. Their work includes educational activities, lobbying for more favorable legislation, organizing conferences and supporting research and innovation.

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