University of Texas at Austin
UT Austin has an extensive network of comprehensive facilities for specialized materials fabrication and analysis, including HRTEM, dual beam SEM/FIB, E-beam lithography, XPS, SAXS, XRD, HRSEM distributed among the Texas Materials Institute (TMI; http://tmi.utexas.edu/core-facilities/), the Microelectronics Research Center (MRC; www.mrc.utexas.edu/nnin.html), the Center for Nano- and Molecular Science and Technology (CNM; http://www.cnm.utexas.edu/facility.html) and the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC; http://www.tacc.utexas.edu/resources/).
Colorado State University
CSU has been at the forefront of CdTe photovoltaic manufacturing technology development since 1991. The Materials Engineering Laboratory (MEL; http://www.engr.colostate.edu/me/facil/mel/) has numerous pieces of equipment and processes have been developed for synthesis and testing of photovoltaic devices including Accelerated Lifetime Testing (ALT) of devices, device characterization including dark JV, light JV, CV, CF, TAS, TID, PHCAP etc. The Advanced Deposition System (ADS) provides a process-flexible, customizable test bed for producing complete devices on 3” by 3” or smaller substrates.
Texas A&M University
TAMU’s balance of systems research facilities include state of the art power electronics and balance of systems (BOS) equipment. This includes over 150kVA of dedicated 3-phase 208V and 480V standard ac power as well as up to 54kVA of fully programmable 3-phase ac power grid emulator. Multiple solar array simulator (SAS) result in the ability to test end-to end a complete PV electrical system. TAMU is also developing a 50 MW solar field for research to develop early-stage technologies in solar power.
TAMU also has PV characterization equipment available in the Materials Characterization Facility including microscopy, surface, thermal and spectroscopic analysis (http://mcf.tamu.edu/instruments/).
Texas A&M University - Central Texas
TAMUCT houses the solar characterization lab with high end microscopy and spectroscopic tools for evaluation of the luminescent properties of photovoltaics including cathodoluminescence (CL), electron beam induced current (EBIC), photoluminescence (PL) and electroluminescence (EL). TAMUCT is also the home of the big data solar energy lab.
Texas A&M University at Qatar
Texas A&M University has a branch campus in Education City, Doha, Qatar. This location makes it easily accessible for companies in the Europe, Middle East, African and Asia regions of the world. The central facilities, which include a central electronics shop, central materials facility and central machines shop, support the research activities within the university as well as provide technical services to industry, government and academic partners. https://www.qatar.tamu.edu/research/technical-services Texas A&M at Qatar facilities provide materials and services including 3D printing, electronic and printed circuit board prototyping, material characterization and machining in facilities certified to the prestigious ISO 9001:2015 International Standard by the British Standards Institution (BSI Group). The campus also hosts supercomputer facilities: https://www.qatar.tamu.edu/researchcomputing/supercomputing/systems.
Colorado School of Mines
CSM is the home of the Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (REMRSEC). These facilities provide a unique set of tools that allows users to pursue materials and device research from the synthesis stage, through thin film deposition and processing, to characterization and eventual device testing and evaluation (http://remrsec.mines.edu/facilities.htm).
Our Center is well equipped to pursue a diverse array of research projects. The facilities and equipment encompass all facets of photovoltaic research, fabrication, and characterization including: manufacturing of all types of PV materials (CIGS, CdTe, Si, Perovskites, transparent conductors, transport layers); electron and specialized microscopy; balance of systems research; spectroscopy, luminescence, X-ray and electron scattering characterization; electrochemistry and electronic transport studies; and big data research.