|QESST Testbed 1: Student Led Pilot-Line|
|Testbed Leader||Stuart Bowden||Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering (ECEE)||ASU|
|Tonio Buonassisi||Mechanical Engineering||MIT|
|Jenefer Husman||School of Social and Family Dynamics||ASU|
|Robert Opila||Materials Science||UD|
The QESST Student-led Pilot Line provides students at all levels with direct experience in fabrication and full manufacturing process flows for photovoltaic technologies. This testbed is an essential tool in supporting both research and industry engagement, as it allows practical assessment of the impact of a new process or concept for both students and industry. The largest pilot line effort (mirroring the industry focus on silicon solar cells) is provided through the silicon pilot line at ASU, together with the module pilot line at Fraunhofer’s Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (cse.fraunhofer.org) at MIT. Students also have the opportunity to use the thin film pilot line at UD. More limited opportunities (because of additional safety training and the relatively longer time commitment needed to operation of such machines) also exist for III-V concentrating solar cells. The pilot lines further provide the opportunity to integrate technological advances from the other Thrust areas (strategic plan levels) into an industry-relevant manufacturing fabrication process environment. These efforts are further elaborated upon in Volume II of this annual report.