Our Mission 

The Center for Next Generation Photovoltaics is part of the US National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) program.  The vision and long-term goal of the Center is to help establish photovoltaic (PV) electricity as a major source of energy in the United States and the world.  The Center is composed of an advisory board of industry and government partners that funds and directs cutting edge academic research in four areas:

 

(1) PV Materials/Devices/Manufacturing

(2) Balance of Systems and PV Implementation

(3) PV Integration with Storage and Electric Vehicles

(4) Education and Societal Impact of PV

 

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Global Photovoltaics Impact

By the end of 2016, the global installed solar PV capacity reached 305 GW which provided about 320 TWh/yr of electrical energy. This is equivalent to 0.15% of global energy consumption. The growth of the PV industry has been staggering. The global solar PV capacity was only 50 GW in 2010, and in 2000 it was a meager 4 GW. In 2016 alone, the global solar PV capacity rose by 50% due to new installations in China and the US. The PV industry is a $100 billion industry that is expected to continue to grow. By 2030, the total global PV capacity could reach 10 TW, generating about 5% of the anticipated global consumption of energy in 2030. 

 

To reach PV deployment of this magnitude, there are many challenge that must be overcome: (1) the total cost of PV systems must be reduced  while simultaneously increasing energy conversion efficiency, reliability and lifetime, (2) the capacity to cost-effectively manufacture solar cells and balance of systems components must be significantly increased, (3) methods to integrate PV into the utility grid must continue to improve to ensure affordable and reliable electricity, (4) transportation and building heating and cooling must be increasingly electrified and (5) technologies must be improved for energy storage, catalyzed chemicals and fuels production, and water purification. The Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Next Generation Photovoltaics is addressing all of these key technological challenges to help make photovoltaic electricity a major source of energy in the world.

Benefits of  I/UCRC Membership  
  • Access to more than 8:1 Leveraged Research Funding

  • Organizational Exposure Channel and Commercialization Partners

  • Build Relationships with Future Industry Partners

  • Early Recruitment of Future Employees

  • Technology Transfer and Commercialization Assistance

A Quick Center Overview
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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!
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!
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.
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.
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!

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Fall 2019 IAB Meeting Group Photo