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;, the Microelectronics Research Center (MRC;, the Center for Nano- and Molecular Science and Technology (CNM; and the Texas Advanced  Computing Center (TACC; 

Colorado State University

CSU has been  at  the  forefront  of  CdTe  photovoltaic  manufacturing  technology  development  since  1991. The Materials Engineering Laboratory (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 (

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. 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:

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 (

Research Facilities


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.