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Varun Rai discusses residential solar soft costs
In case you missed it, Varun's talk on the soft costs that drive residential solar installation prices is now available on our YouTube channel. This study is a part of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies 2 (SEEDS2) program.
You can view the talk here.
March 15, 2019
Omeed Badkoobeh on the future of solar and panel-level storage
In his recent talk, Omeed Badkoobeh explored how panel-level energy storage will expand solar energy use by reducing the soft costs of designing, installing, and maintaining an energy storage system compared to traditional centralized systems.
A video of the talk is available on our YouTube channel.
February 28, 2019
Gang Xiong on the Future of CdTe PV
Our most recent Distinguished Lecture Series talk was presented by Gang Xiong, the Director of First Solar's California Technology Center. Gang's talk focused on growth and opportunities of the PV industry, his view that there is a unique advantage to thin film CdTe PV, the progress in CdTe cell research and module development and the outlook of CdTe PV at scale.
A video of the talk is available at our YouTube channel here.
April 11, 2019

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Texas A&M Central Texas Solar Research
Curious about some of the solar activities happening at Texas A&M Central Texas? Check out this video they've put together discussing it.
April 1, 2019
Distinguished Lecture Series: Doug Rose on Crystalline Silicon PV
If you missed Doug Rose’s talk, “Past, Present and Future of Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaics,” the video is now available on our YouTube channel.
This talk provides some current info about the crystalline silicon PV industry, technologies, and companies to give context and an up-to-date view on where things stand. You can watch it here.
May 1, 2019
Spring 2019 IAB Meeting concludes
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our Spring 2019 IAB Meeting! Meeting Minutes and Outcomes have been provided to our members and are also available on the member section of the site. If you'd like to view some photos from the meeting, check out our Facebook photo album.
Our Fall meeting will take place at Colorado State in Fort Collins, CO from October 22-23, 2019Additional details will be provided as we get closer to the date!
April 19, 2019
CSU and Loughborough University collaboration published in Nature Energy
The team have a longstanding collaboration and some of their recent results has been published in the paper entitled, "Understanding the role of selenium in defect passivation for highly efficient selenium-alloyed cadmium telluride solar cells."  This paper helps extend the fundamental understanding of key alloying elements in CdTe solar cell materials.
The paper is available to read on Nature's website. Congrats, all!
May 17, 2019
Would you like to join our team? Colorado State is hiring!
The team at our CSU site is hiring a Research and Development Reliability and Process Engineer (Research Associate II). The RPE will develop, optimize and demonstrate new encapsulation processes for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. For the full posting with more details about this position please visit this link and apply within. To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted by 11:59 PM MT on September 8, 2019.

August 29, 2019
CSU researchers win big at IEEE PVSC!
Congratulations to NGPV researchers Aanand Thiyagarajan ("Analysis of the Front MgZnO/CdTe Interface in CdTe Thin Film Solar Cells using Density Functional Theory") and Anna Kindvall ("Effect of Process Temperature and Copper Doping on the Performance of ZnTe:Cu Back Contacts in CdTe Photovoltaics") of Colorado State University on their Best Poster awards at the 46TH IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference!
July 8, 2019
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Perovskite Photovoltaics: Paradigm Shift or Passing Fad?
Tim Siegler, one of the researchers from our UT Austin site, recently appeared on the show, "They Blinded Me With Science on KVRX," to discuss perovskite solar cells. A recording of his appearance is available here on their Soundcloud.
Nice work, Tim!
September 8, 2019
Darius Kuciauskas' Distinguished Lecture Series talk online
The video of Darius Kuciauskas' talk, "Thin Film Solar Cell Electro-Optical Properties and Their Measurements," is now available on our YouTube channel.
The talk compared electronic (or electro-optical) characteristics of CdTe, CIGS, and perovskite solar cells and gave some examples of recent results from his research. Thanks again for joining us, Darius!
August 5, 2019
Another successful IAB Meeting is in the books!
A big thank you goes out to Colorado State for hosting our Fall 2019 IAB meeting. Additionally, thank you to those who were able to attend and help shape our research agenda for the next year! Our Spring 2020 IAB meeting will be held on April 21, 2020 at UT Austin.
If you missed the meeting or would like to get a recap of the events, please take a look at our member's site for the presentation materials and meeting minutes. Additionally, we have some photos posted here.
October 23, 2019
UTES: The 10th Birthday of Perovskite Solar Cells - Will They Ever Grow Up?
In addition to his recent radio appearance, Tim also gave a talk as a part of the UT Energy Symposium entitled "The 10th Birthday of the Perovskite Solar Cell: Will They Ever Grow Up?".
The talk is available to view here on their YouTube channel.
October 14, 2019
Hunter McDaniel's talk for our Lecture Series
In case you missed Hunter McDaniel's talk, the video has been posted on YouTube! In his talk, "Powering Future Cities with Quantum Dot-Tinted Glass Windows," Hunter provides an overview of the competitive landscape of the solar window market and a status update on UbiQD's progress.
You can view the talk here.
February 19, 2019
Sarah Kurtz returned to speak on a new topic in our DLS
We were fortunate enough to welcome back Dr. Sarah Kurtz to our Distinguished Lecture Series. Sarah's talk, "New Standards for Improving PV Reliability and Investability and Why a Scientific Basis is both Essential and Impossible," focuses primarily on IEC 63157 which has been drafted to address inverter failures which are often the weakest link in PV reliability studies.
If you missed the talk, we have a video available on our YouTube channel here.
January 12, 2019
Robert Balog elected to the National Academy of Inventors (NAI)
Congratulation to our Texas A&M site Co-Director, Robert Balog, on being elected into the August 2019 class of the NAI! Robert joins a group of 53 other inventors who are being recognized for their achievements and history of patenting new technologies. A full list can be seen on the NAI's website here.
Congrats once again, Robert!
August 14, 2019
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