Professor Stuart Wenham

20 January 2014 — University of New South Wales Scientia Professor Stuart Wenham has won the prestigious £300,000 ($A560,000) AF Harvey Engineering Research Prize from the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Announced in London today, the win recognises a discovery by Professor Wenham and his team to control the charge of hydrogen atoms to correct deficiencies in silicon, the most costly part of a solar cell.

“Our patented advanced hydrogenation technology will allow lower-quality silicon to outperform solar cells made from better quality materials, producing higher efficiencies at significantly lower cost,” Professor Wenham said.

“It is a great honour to receive the AF Harvey Engineering Prize and the international recognition that it brings to this important innovation. The prize money will go a long way to helping us take the research to the next stage.

“Our UNSW team is now working with the world’s biggest solar manufacturers through collaborative agreements with NewSouth Innovations to commercialise this low-cost technology.”

Professor Wenham will deliver a special IET lecture in London on 21 May 2014 to commemorate his award. The lecture will be streamed live. For more details, visit

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