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How PERC Changed the World Live Event

11 York St
Sydney NSW 2000
Sydney Startup Hub Level 1

Thursday 16 May from 5:30pm to 8pm


Adult: $20-30

Spark Club is joining Climate Action Week Sydney in May to host Professor Martin Green, Sydney's own unassuming climate hero. Grant McDowell will host a live fireside chat with Martin and Professor Renate Egan from UNSW.

Martin is Scientia Professor at the University of New South Wales, Sydney and is handing over the Directorship of the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics to Renate this year. Martin is celebrating 50 years at UNSW and 40 years since he invented the PERC solar cell in 1983. He and his team developed the PERC technology to its full potential over the decades and accounted for 91.2% of worldwide silicon solar module production in 2021 (CPIA).

In our conversation, we will explore Martin’s belief that a patent for PERC would slow down adoption and limit the scale needed for extraordinary cost reduction. This single generous decision, and ongoing development of the PERC cell efficiency by Martin and his team, unlocked the global energy transition. We’ll share the highlights of Martin’s career with the audience and gain a rare insight to the turning points of solar PV development in China and the rest of the world.

We'll hear from Renate about what the future holds for the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP) on the leading edge of photovoltaic science globally.

Spark Club is looking forward to playing a role at Climate Action Week Sydney this year. Since 2016 we've been hosting live events and bringing the cleantech community together to celebrate and learn from founders and leaders in the energy transition. Martin and Renate have played an outsized role in our sector and this is a wonderful opportunity to hear firsthand how PERC changed the world, amazing. Highly recommended.  


  • Prof. Martin Green – Scientia Professor and Director of the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics

  • Prof. Renate Green – Executive Director for the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics

Host: Grant McDowell – Spark Club Founder and Enosi Co-Founder

When: 16 May – Thursday – Early evening.

Tickets: Spark Club Member Tickets & General Tickets

VenueSydney Startup Hub Wynyard, Level 1, 11 York St, Sydney


  • 5:30pm: Networking

  • 6pm: Fireside Chat with Martin and Renate

  • 7:30pm: Main event ends

  • 7:30pm: Networking 

  • 8pm: Event concludes

Spark Club Podcast Series

We have over 30 Spark Club podcasts loaded on our podcast link and available on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyAmazon Music or your favourite Podcast App. If you've missed any Spark Club live events in the past we have the podcast recorded here for you. Enjoy.

“Never underestimate the ability of a small group of dedicated people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Meade


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