My name is Robin Wilkes. I am a 20 year-old Engineering Physics student at Queen's University. I enjoy sports and social activities. I hope to get a job some day that I genuinely enjoy, and that will change the world in some way.

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Project[edit source]

Hi Robin

First the generic stuff

  • Formatting: tie into appropedia with hyperlinks -- e.g. there is already considerable information on photovoltaic cells, use existing site resources to explain basic concepts - don't repeat anything, categorize properly
  • Content: cite each concept directly using <ref> commands, get into the peer reviewed lit,

I would choose one of your ideas and quantify it. For example for the Si melt in Si - determine if this will work - how fast do you have to pull up the column? Will this result in structural defects that will be worse than the contaminants? How bad is the contamination problem from the existing method? If you eliminate it can you eliminate a re-solidification step? We have covered the diffusion equations you will need to calculate the contamination in the melt and the solidification to how much would end up in your ingot. Note- the rod in the CZ process does not end up in the ingot.

Hit the patent literature on this.

--Joshua 15:36, 19 November 2008 (UTC)

Solar cells[edit source]

Hey Robin, I read through your page and edited some grammar/spelling to make it flow a little better. Watch out for some wordy and run-on sentences. I fixed some of them but I'm not sure if they're the way you want to write them so take a look. And like Dr. Pearce said, I would try to go a little more in-depth with your energy solutions. See if you can be more specific about how the process would actually work and how much more efficient it can be. Good work so far though,


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