Olindo Isabella (M), an Electronic Engineer from University of Napoli Federico II (Naples, Italy), received his Ph.D. degree (cum laude) from the Photovoltaic Materials and Devices (PVMD) group at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) for his studies on advanced light management for thin-film silicon solar cells, such as interference filters, periodic gratings and modulated surface textures. He was visiting researcher at the AIST institute (Tsukuba, Japan) working on high-efficiency multi-junction thin-film silicon solar cells. In 2013 he began his tenure track in the PVMD group with responsibilities on c-Si technology development, advanced modelling and photovoltaic (PV) systems. An international expert in opto-thermo-electrical modelling of PV systems, Olindo was appointed associate professor in 2017 and, in 2018, he became principal investigator of Solar Urban theme of Urban Energy platform at TU Delft. Since January 2019 he is the head of the PVMD group. Olindo’s interests span from solar energy materials, to c-Si and tandem devices, to smart PV-powered multi-functional building elements and to X-Integrated PV (XIPV) systems.
“Smart PV-powered multi-functional building elements will disrupt building technology status-quo. For good.”
Associate professor & AMS PI
Decarbonization in urban environment such as in the city of Amsterdam, especially in its city center, poses radical challenges. Not only the preservation of the aspect of building stock but also the complex skyline profile, the dynamic shading and the heat management at PV module level call for novel architectural and thermo-electro-mechanical developments. Smart PV-powered multi-functional building elements will innovate in coatings technology, shape and aspect customization, tunable transparency, heat prevention and urban integration.