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Research

QESST is developing the knowledge, technology, and engineered systems to provide continued improvement in the efficiency, economic viability, and sustainability of photovoltaic (PV) systems. To this end, QESST is committed to research that spans the three leading commercial PV technologies: silicon, thin films, and tandem devices. More importantly, QESST is blurring the traditional lines between technologies by recognizing and exploiting their commonalities.

This research is organized into three complementary thrusts—Terawatt-Scale Silicon Photovoltaics, Tandem Integration with Silicon Technologies, and Fundamentals for High Efficiency Photovoltaics—and three demonstrative testbeds—Student-Led Pilot Line, Advanced Modules and Integration and Sustainability of Terawatt Photovoltaics. In addition, two themes—Sustainability and Education Research—permeate all areas of QESST research.

3-plane-diagramThree plane diagram showing the integration of research Thrusts and Testbeds.

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Research Matrix

QESST is more than the sum of its parts; its impact extends beyond individual labs, schools, and communities of its members because it is comprised of researchers with diverse backgrounds united around the Terawatt Challenge. Click on a faculty member’s name in the research matrix below to view his or her personal or research group’s …

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QESST Year 6: Research Projects, Testbeds, and Thrust Alignment

QESST Year 6 Project List Cross Cutting Education Research Michelle Jordan Sustainability Clark Miller Diversity Delia Saenz Testbeds Testbed 1: Student Pilot Line Stuart Bowden Testbed 2: Advanced Modules Mariana Bertoni Testbed 3: Sustainability of TW Photovotlaics Christiana Honsberg Thust 1 Leads: Tonio Bounassissi Thrust 1 Project 1: High Mobility TCOs Mariana Bertoni Thrust 1 …

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Thrust 1: 2017 Terawatt Scale Silicon Photovoltaics

  Thrust 1 Project 1: High Mobility TCOs Mariana Bertoni Thrust 1 Project 2: “?” Robert Opila Thrust 1 Project 3: Defects in Crystalline Silicon for High hPV Devices Tonio Buonassisi Thrust 1 Project 4: Reliability of MLPE and QESST PV devices Govindasamy Tamizhmani Leads:

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Thrust 2: 2017 Tandem Integration with Silicon Technologies

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Thrust 3: 2017 Fundamentals for High Efficiency Photovoltaics

Under Construction ~SLC WebTeam

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Testbeds

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Cross-Cutting Research Themes

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Facilities

Research facilities being utilized for QESST-related research at Arizona State University include the Solar Power Lab (SPL), the NanoFab CSSER,the LeRoy Eyring Center for Solid State Science and TÜV Rheinland Photovoltaic Testing Laboratory LLC. The laboratory for the SPL, a 4976 square foot clean room, is situated in the MacroTechnology Works building at the Arizona …

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QESST Partners Arizona State University California Institute of Technology University of Delaware Massachusetts Institute of Technology The University of New Mexico Georgia Tech University of Houston Imperial College - London The University of Tokyo The University of New South Wales The University of Arizona