Membership Benefits

What do you get out of joining? Let's hear what First Solar and Naval Postgraduate School had to say:

“First Solar joined the Center for Next Generation Photovoltaics I/UCRC in January 2013 and has been very pleased with the progress of the work reported at the regular meetings. The center platform helps to develop a sustainable high-class infrastructure of capabilities and competencies at CSU and allows the researchers to focus on industrially relevant problems.”- First Solar

“In order to reach the Department of the Navy’s goal of 50% total energy consumption through renewable sources by the year 2020, the Naval Postgraduate School is focusing on research projects that are industry relevant, scalable and employ the best researchers in the field of photovoltaics. The I/UCRC allows us to collaborate with world class researchers and industry leaders to find ways to improve the Navy’s energy security and increase its energy independence”.

– Naval Post Graduate School

A few benefits of becoming a member of SPF2050:

  • One-stop access to interdisciplinary university professors, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students. 

  • Significant cost saving potential on investigative fundamental and applied research & development in the university environment through pre-negotiated 10% Indirect Cost Rate on Research. 

  • Continuous and timely access to reports, papers and intellectual property generated within the Center. 

  • Decreased risk to validate and develop new, high-risk unexplored PV technology concepts. 

  • Access to world-class research facilities.

  • Recruitment opportunities to attract outstanding graduate students. 

  • Opportunity to collaborate with center members to explore joint research opportunities. 

  • Potential for Royalty Free Non-Exclusive licensing of new Intellectual Property developed through Center research.

  • Opportunities for leveraged/joint funding for larger programs and projects.

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