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Tim Siegler wins award for Best Video Presentation

Congratulations to NGPV alum Tim Siegler on winning the Best Video Presentation award at the recent nanoGe digital conference on Photovoltaics this week! Tim recently took a postdoctoral position at The University of Washington after receiving his PhD from UT Austin. Tim's talk focused on the work that he has done towards lead-free low bandgap perovskites for solar cells. You can watch his presentation, entitled, "TlBr and Tl2AgBr3 Nanocrystals," here:

nanoGe posted the announcement on their twitter here. Congrats once again, Tim!

April 23, 2020
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January 1, 2020

Spring 2020 IAB Meeting Postponed
Given the current state of COVID-19 and with everyone’s health in mind, we have taken the decision to cancel the NGPV Spring IAB meeting previously scheduled for April 21 in Austin, TX.  We will have more details going forward regarding project updates and other items that would typically be covered at the meeting.
March 4, 2020
CSU sets CdTe efficiency mark
As reported at our recent IAB meeting, Dr. Sampath's group from Colorado State University reported CdTe solar cell with an efficiency of 20.14%. The reported efficiency is the highest among the academia and research institutions. The fabrication and characterization details of solar cell with 20.14% efficiency was presented by Dr. Tushar Shimpi to IAB members in the poster session.
Congratulations, team!
January 6, 2020
2020 American-Made Solar Prize
Congratulations to Dr. Jennie Yoshimoto and Terra Solar on being selected as one of the 20 winners nationwide in the first stage of the 2020 American-Made Solar Prize. The American-Made Solar Prize is a three-stage, $3 million dollar competition, designed by the U.S. Department of Energy to promote innovation in the solar industry in the United States. Terra Solar's do-it-yourself (DIY) solar energy assembly kit claimed the $50,000 prize and earned a spot in the second stage of the competition.

Jennie is a TAMU alumna and her project application received support from TAMU Co-Director Robert Balog.
March 8, 2020
Spring 2020 Virtual IAB Meeting Scheduled
After the initial cancellation of the in-person meeting in April, we will be holding our Spring 2020 IAB Meeting virtually on July 21, 2020. A registration and Zoom link has been sent out to IAB members. Research updates are being posted on the member's site as well.
July 1, 2020
Jim Sites receives IEEE Cherry Award
Congratulations to NGPV team member Prof. Jim Sites on being awarded the 2020 IEEE William R. Cherry Award. This award, one of the most significant in the PV industry, is to recognize an individual engineer or scientist who has devoted a part of their professional life to the advancement of the science and technology of photovoltaic energy conversion. Congratulations from all of us, Jim!
More information can be found here at the IEEE website.
July 6, 2020
Improving Solar Reliability at CSU
In this video, Kurt Barth discusses some of the recent advancements in the solar industry and the research being done at Colorado State.
"If you think about where all our energy comes from, the energy that we have ultimately came from the sun.. we're just taking a long time to harvest that in the case of fossil fuels. But why do that? Let's eliminate the middleman and just take the sun directly as it is and turn that right into electricity."
May 27, 2020
Cost of solar plus storage continues to fall
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power finalized a landmark deal with 8minute Solar for a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement set at under 2 cents per kilowatt/hour, a new record. This deal represented the lowest price offered in the U.S. and became the largest solar plus storage project in American history as well. This particular purchase will provide LA with about 7% of its energy needs and bring their renewable energy total to nearly 40% of their usage. The project is underway with the first phase set to come on board in 2022 while full operations are complete in 2023.
June 7, 2020
NGPV elects new IAB Chair and Vice Chair 
Thank you to Mandar Sunthankar and Raju Jairam on completing their terms as IAB Chair and Vice Chair. Mandar and Raju have been instrumental members of our IAB since the Center's founding and have helped shape the IAB and Center's trajectory for many years. Thank you once again!
Taking over as Chair and Vice Chair are Gang Xiong of First Solar and Guillaume Gelinas of 5N Plus, respectively. We are already working hard with the new IAB leadership and look forward to the next 2 years with them in these roles!
April 7, 2020
Fall 2020 Virtual IAB Meeting Set for Oct 20th
Thank you to the IAB for working with us and attending our Spring 2020 virtual IAB meeting! A recording of the meeting is available for members along with minutes and presentation documents. We have scheduled our next virtual IAB meeting for October 20, 2020 and will have an agenda and files posted soon.
September 1, 2020