Michigan has long been home to a disproportionately large number of solar jobs compared to the deployed amount of solar. As solar PV modules drop in price, what is the future of solar in Michigan? How will policy impact deployment?
The Department of Energy (DOE) awarded Michigan Engineering Professor Stephen Forrest’s group a $1.35 million Next Generation Photovoltaics grant earlier this fall, aimed at advancing the practical viability of organic photovoltaics, a carbon-based version of solar technology that promises to radically change the way the sun’s energy is collected. Forrest is the Paul G. Goebel Professor of Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Physics and the former U-M Vice President of Research.
Faculty member Neil Dasgupta, an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and an Energy Institute Faculty Affiliate, was recently featured on the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) website as a "Shining Star of Solar." During his postdoc at University of California, Berkeley, Dasgupta was the recipient of an EERE Postdoctoral Research Award.
Three pairs of researchers will be reaching across an ocean this year to spark collaborative energy projects with the receipt of University of Michigan – Ben Gurion University of the Negev Collaboration on Energy Research grants.
The catch? The projects have to feature a research team from each university, working jointly on projects related to global energy security. Teams could choose to focus on one of three topics: photovoltaics and solar technology, liquid fuels and engine combustion, or thermoelectricity, materials, and devices.