2020 Research Projects
  • As doping of CdSeTe

  • Cathodoluminescence Measurements of Thin Film PV Absorber Layers

  • Investigating Novel Encapsulation Approaches to Eliminate Lamination and Improve Performance
    and Durability

  • Advanced Materials and Electrical Characterization of CdSeTe/CdTe and CdTe devices

  • CdTe Back-Contact Enhancements

  • Design and Processing for Light Trapping in Dual Junction Solar Cells

  • Density Functional Theory Modeling of MgZnO and Alumina Buffers for CdSeTe

  • Investigation And Testing Of PV Antisoiling And AR  Coatings For Performance and Durability

  • Perovskite-Based Multijunction Solar Cells

  • Anomaly Detection in PV Electrical Distribution Systems

  • High-efficiency III-V Flexible Photovoltaic Sheets

  • Cyber-Secured Control and Protection for Microgrids

2019 Research Projects
  • Cathodoluminescence Measurements of Thin Film PV

  • CdTe-Perovskite Tandem Solar Cells

  • Density Functional Theory Modeling of MgZnO Buffers in CdTe Photovoltaics

  • Effect of Se Concentration in MgZnO/CdSeTe/CdTe Devices

  • Experimental Capability Improvement: Mitigation of Unintentional Cu Incorporation

  • Field Testing of Single panel PV Storage System

  • High-efficiency III-V Flexible Photovoltaic Sheets

  • Higher Ed Solar Plant Study

  • Materials and Interface Characterization of CdSeTe based High Lifetime Devices

  • Mitigating Defect Formation in CuInSe2 Nanocrystal & Paper PVs

  • Optical and Structural Characterization of CdTe Solar Cells

  • Optimizing MgZnO Buffers for CdTe Photovoltaics

  • Thin Crystalline Silicon High Efficiency Flexible Photovoltaic Devices

2018 Research Projects
  • High Gear Ratio Drivetrains Using Magnetic Gears

  • Big Data and PV characterization Use for LED/Solar Microsystems​

  • Development of Dual Shaft High Voltage Electric Machine with Independent Input-Output Torque and Speed

  • Evaluation of Novel Polymers for Power Electronics Packaging Applications

  • Experimental Capability Improvement: Mitigation of Copper Background

  • High-efficiency III-V Flexible Photovoltaic Sheets

  • Materials Characterization of Advanced CdTe Devices with Se Grading

  • Mobile Electron Microscope Use in Solar Outreach to Elementary and High Schools

  • Model Predictive Control for Inverter / Motor Drive

  • Paper Solar Cells

  • Passivation of Complex Alloys by Co-Sublimation

  • Photoluminescence (PL) Characterization of CdTe Solar Cells

  • Photonic Curing of Nanocrystal Layers

  • Scanning Electron Microscopy Characterization of Photovoltaics

  • Thin Crystalline Silicon High Efficiency Flexible Photovoltaic Devices

  • Thin Film Tandem Solar Cells

2017 Research Projects
  • Advanced Electromechanical Energy Conversion Systems

  • Big Data and PV Characterization Use for LED/Solar Microsystems

  • Development of Dual Shaft High Voltage Electric Machine with Independent Input-Output Torque and Speed

  • Discovering New Materials For PV Encapsulation

  • Economic Development Cost-Benefit for Solar Implementation

  • Full Cost of Photovoltaic Electricity

  • Fabrication of High Band Gap “Top Cell”

  • High Efficiency Flexible Photovoltaic Sheets

  • Improving the Efficiency, Lifetime, and Transparency of Fullerene-Based Photovoltaics Active Layer Materials

  • Increasing the Efficiency of Printed Nanocrystal-Based Photovoltaics

  • Low Cost Hydrophobic Coating Materials To Reduce Module Soiling and Reflection

  • Materials Characterization of Advanced CdTe Devices

  • Mobile Electron Microscope Use in Solar Outreach to Elementary and High Schools

  • Model Predictive Control for Fault Tolerant Inverter / Motor Drive

  • Modeling & Analysis of Effectiveness of Advanced Voltage Control Technologies for Photovoltaic Integration

  • Photovoltaic Energy Eduational Initiative

  • Process Optimization with New Co-Sublimation Hardware

  • Solar Curricula for K-12

  • Thin Crystalline Silicon High Efficiency Flexible Photovoltaic Devices

  • Thin Film Tandem Photovoltaic Devices

  • Thin Te Layer to Enhance CdTe Back Contact

 
2016 Research Projects
  • Active Layer Materials

  • CdTe Tandem Photovoltaic Cells

  • Economic Development Cost-Benefit for Solar Implementation

  • Energy System Modeling and Analysis

  • Fabrication of high band gap "top cell"

  • Full Cost of Photovoltaic Electricity

  • High-efficiency Flexible Photovoltaic Sheets

  • Improving the Efficiency, Lifetime, and Transparency of Fullerene-Based Photovoltaics Active Layer Materials

  • Increase Co-Sub Experimental Capability to Enable New Alloy Development

  • Increasing the Efficiency of Printed Nanocrystal-Based Photovoltaics

  • Materials Characterization of Advanced CdTe Devices

  • Modeling & Analysis of Effectiveness of Advanced Voltage Control Technologies for Photovoltaic Integration

  • Nanocrystal Ink-based Photovoltaic Devices

  • New Strategies for Microgrid Photovoltaic Electricity

  • Perovskites for Photovoltaic Devices

  • Photovoltaic Energy Eduational Initiative

  • Process Optimization with New Co-Sublimation Hardware

  • Solar Curricula for K-12

  • Thin Crystalline Silicon High Efficiency Flexible Photovoltaic Devices

  • Thin Film Tandem Photovoltaic Devices

  • Thin Te Layer to Enhance CdTe Back Contact

  • Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) Testing

 
2015 Research Projects

 

  • Energy Strategy in Expeditionary Operations Educational Initiative

  • Energy  System Modeling and Analysis for the US Navy

  • High-efficiency Flexible Photovoltaic Sheets

  • Improving the Efficiency, Lifetime, and Transparency of Fullerene-Based Photovoltaic Active Layer Materials

  • Integration of Scheduling and Control for Process Operations using Renewable Energy

  • Investigation of Back Surface Treatments with Te and CdMgTe (CMT) Films To From An Electron Reflector For CdTe Devices

  • Materials Characterization of Advanced CdTe Devices

  • Microgroove Photovoltaic Devices

  • Modeling & Analysis of Effectiveness of Advanced Voltage Control Technologies for Photovoltaic Integration

  • Printed Photovoltaic Layers that Boost Efficiency

  • Scalable Nanophotonics using Jet and Flash Imprint Lithography

  • Sputter Deposition of High Band Gap “Top Cell”

  • Sputter Deposition of Nitrogen-Doped ZnTe for the Back Contact of CdTe Cells

  • System Readiness Levels: Measuring and Facilitating Energy Technology Adoption at Naval Installations

  • Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) Testing

 

2014 Research Projects

 

  • Back Surface Etching and Doping of CdMgTe Films to and Form an Electron Reflector for CdTe Devices

  • Capacitance-Based Characterization of Thin-Film Solar CellsIntegration of Production Scheduling and Control in the Silicon and Specialty Polymer Supply Chain

  • Materials Characterization of CdTe and Electron Reflector Films and Devices

  • Printed Microgroove Devices

  • Sputter deposition and doping of CdZnTe films

  • Subwavelength Nanostructures Integrated with Polymer-packaged III-V Solar Cells for Omnidirectional, Broad-Spectrum Improvement of Photovoltaic Performance

  • Towards Realization of Heterojunction Solar Cells on Exfoliated ~25 μm Thick Monocrystalline Silicon Substrates

  • Understanding the impact of ligand-exchanged CIGS (or CZTS) nanoparticles on the chemical, electronic and device properties of photovoltaic thin-films

 
2013 Research Projects

 

  • Application of Graphene in CdTe cells

  • CFD Analysis of CdS Close-Space Sublimation

  • Characterization of CdTe Films and Devices Using TEM, HRTEM, FIB and other methods

  • Deposition of CIGS Nanocrystal Ink into Engineered Microgrooves for High Volume Low Cost Flexible Photovoltaics

  • Enhanced Light-Beam-Induced Current (LBIC)

  • Improved Ink-Deposited CIGS Layer Uniformity and Conformal Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) ZnO

  • Deposition for High Efficiency (>15%) Devices

  • Impurity Doping for Reduced Temperature CIGS Sintering

  • Photonic curing of CIGS nanocrystal films as a route to high efficiency devices without selenization

  • Understanding the Difference Between Low and High Efficiency CIGS Devices

 

2012 Research Projects

 

  • Advanced Passivation System

  • Advanced RF Sputter System

  • CFD Analysis of CdS Close-Space Sublimation

  • Characterization of Films and Devices Using TEM, STEM, FIB and other Methods

  • CuInSe2 Nanocrystals with Inorganic Capping Ligands

  • Development of Cd1-xMgxTe for Electron Reflector

  • Mapping Performance Heterogeneity in Thin Film PVs

  • Plasma Cleaning and Plasma Enhanced Close Space Sublimation

  • Pyrite Solar Cells

  • Selenization of CIGS Nanocrystal Films for High Efficiency PVs

  • Sputter Deposition of CdTe

Center Research - Past and Present

 

The research within our Center is decided upon by the members. New members have a great opportunity to drive both the research direction and the roadmap for the center. We have a wide variety of experts who are currently doing research projects with the Center but we are constantly engaging with additional faculty at the respective Universities to broaden the capabilities that members have access to. If you have a question about whether the center can perform research that suits your needs, please contact us.

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