CAMP December Newsletter: Page 1
Clarkson University Joins The Solar Energy Consortium
Clarkson University recently joined The Solar Energy Consortium (TSEC). This organization is a center of photovoltaic innovation. It brings together diverse constituencies to overcome the technical and economic obstacles to the widespread use of solar energy. The Solar Energy Consortium envisions a world where solar energy is everywhere, supplying clean, reliable, sustainable power. Its mission is to double the efficiency of photovoltaic systems, to halve the installed cost of solar energy systems, to simplify the installation of solar energy systems, and to develop unique photovoltaic forms for use in urban environments. TSEC, which has its headquarters north of New York City in the Hudson Valley, was formed to meet New York State and national demand for energy independence and sustainability. CAMP Professors Dan Goia and Devon Shipp are carrying out research that involves solar energy. Their project descriptions are provided on the following pages. In addition, CAMP Professor Cetin Cetinkaya has been appropriated funds from TSEC for a research project.
CAMP Distinguished Professor Dan Goia and his group are developing materials for advanced silicon-based solar cells that can be used for both commercial and military products. The technology relies on the same principles that power the small solar panels on handheld calculators. When sunlight comes into contact with the silicon surface it generates electrons, which are subsequently 'harvested' and converted into electricity. The research group is using an inkjet printing technique to deposit nanoparticles of silver and gold on silicon wafers. The metallic nanoparticles, developed in Professor Goia's laboratory and formulated in printable inks, are used to create minuscule but effective conductive wires for transmitting energy. This allows the scientists to direct the current in an efficient way and to produce a versatile photovoltaic panel.
This work, which is part of a major solar energy project, is set to receive money from a defense bill passed by the House of Representatives. The goal is to create a portable, efficient solar cell that could be incorporated into many things ranging from a soldier’s tent to window blinds. The improved solar cell would serve as an energy source for soldiers on the battlefield and replace heavy battery packs that degrade unit mobility.
CAMP/NYSERDA Joint Symposium