“…In this rapidly changing industry, the Solar Power Lab stands-out as having some of the most experienced researchers in the field. This, coupled with state-of-the-art facilities and institutional support, gives SPL the solid foundation necessary to push the boundaries of what has become a $20 billion sector of the economy.
Arizona State University’s Solar Power Lab serves a staging ground for the new technologies and ideas that will move us forward in our quest for a more sustainable society.” –Solar Power Lab website-
The Solar Power Lab at ASU, located at the ASU Research Park in the Macrotechnology Works building, is dedicated to discovering and implementing new technologies in the field of solar energy. Researchers in this lab do extensive research involving improvement of solar cell efficiency, as well as aiding in the feasibility of commercialization.
Another location is situation in the Engineering Research Center on the Tempe campus.
The Solar Power Lab is a result of a collaboration between the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering and the Global Institute of Sustainability.
ASU President Michael Crow says “The Solar Power Laboratory will further build up the university’s already formidable solar energy research and develop collaborations with the energy industry to accelerate expansion of the state’s economy,”
Expanding solar energy research and development is among the Solar Power Labs top priorities.
Research and Economic Affairs associate vice president Stephen Goodnick has high hopes for the Solar Power Lab. “We hope to unify the various solar energy-related research efforts throughout the university and to develop industry collaborations,” said Goodnick.
Listed below are a few of those involved in the Solar Power Lab:
Christiana Honsberg (Director)
Krista Puruhito (Administrator)
Stuart Bowden (Researcher)
JeaYoung Choi (Graduate Student)
(This list reflects only a few of those involved with the Solar Power Lab at ASU. For the full list please visit: http://pv.asu.edu/people)
Director of the Global Institute of Sustainability, Jonathan Fink, said “Our goal is for ASU to have the pre-eminent academic solar energy research, development and training program in the United States, and one of the top such programs in the world”. He goes on to say “The establishment of the Solar Power Laboratory and the hiring of Honsberg, Bowden and Maracas combined with our ongoing research efforts help us meet this objective.”
The Solar Power Lab at ASU, equipped with state-of-the-art laboratory and sophisticated equipment, are prepared and determined to bring a new light on solar energy.