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Passion for converting sunshine into electricity

Post Time:May 15,2019Classify:Company NewsView:939

After Oktik finished his studies, he went on to work at universities in different countries throughout Europe, lecturing and researching material science, coatings and devices to reach better results in optic, optoelectronic and photovoltaic applications together with renewable energy systems.

He also worked for various industrial companies in the role of senior research scientist, technologist and executive at BP Solar (UK), Imperial Chemical Industries plc (UK), Paints Division Slough Research Labs (UK), Industrial Research Labs of Durham University (UK), Anel Group (Turkey) and Arikanli Holding (Turkey). 

“Throughout my career, I have been lecturing on material science. And glass and the production of it have always had a very important role to play,” Oktik explains. “So, I’d say I’m an expert on photovoltaic materials and devices. But my main focus is on smart coatings and making devices with coatings. That’s why I got an invitation to give an opening speech at GPD this year on multifunctional coatings on glass.”

Since 2012, Prof. Dr. Sener Oktik has been the Chief Research & Technological Development Officer (CTO) at Sisecam Group in Turkey. He is currently in charge of all corporate activities in research and technological development as well as design and is actively involved in every link of the value chain – from basic science research and pilot trial production to the commercialization of products and technology.

He also serves as a member on the steering committee of the International Commission on Glass and is the honorary chairman of the Turkish Solar Energy Industry Association. 

Where all walks of science converge

“In fact, converting sunshine into electricity is very much in my heart. Currently, I’m entertaining the idea of using transparent photovoltaic devices on architectural façades. That’s because it’s environmental, it’s experiencing exciting times – and it’s based on fundamental science with technical applications. It spans a large spectrum of physics, chemistry, electricity, electronics – really anything you can think of falls within that subject of generating electricity from sunshine.” 

According to him, the photovoltaic sector is currently growing fast, since the technology is maturing every day. “Every year, we keep hearing about new approaches, higher efficiencies – and lower costs. This year alone, the total installation of photovoltaics throughout the world reached about 500 GW. Within the next five to six years, we are talking about the number in terawatts for photovoltaics. The main driver for this huge growth has been the rapid development in energy storage systems,” Oktik continues. 

Glass is a very important part of photovoltaic conversion. And multifunctional coatings on glass will just make this material even more important for our future, in his opinion. With the production of ultra-thin glass of less than 60 microns, it will be possible to roll glass on a reel, making it easier, cheaper and more feasible for many applications. 

What he hopes to learn and take away from this GPD 

Prof. Dr. Oktik attended his first GPD two years ago and found it very impressive, useful and well organized. “I also enjoyed meeting many other glass scientists and technologists,” he says. 

As a speaker at this year’s GPD event, he is looking forward to meeting entrepreneurs from startups to see if there is an opportunity for collaboration. “We can help the startups, and they can help us, because I feel most good ideas come from aspiring and dynamic minds,” Oktik continues. “The startups have the young guys, but I hope they can also benefit from the old guys’ wisdom.”

He also thanks Glaston for the company’s continued support, making GPD a respectable and sustainable platform for so many years. 

Source: gpd.fiAuthor: Shangyi

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