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Measuring a solar cell's performance (current-voltage curve)

Measuring a solar cell’s performance (current-voltage curve)

How to generate terawatts of electricity with minimal impacts on the environment has long confronted society. QESST is capitalizing on one of the greatest scientific advances of the 20th century, quantum mechanics, to develop photovoltaics (PV) and advanced energy converters that will:

  • Revolutionize electricity generation;
  • Renew interest in science and engineering; and
  • Revitalize the U.S. PV industry, allowing it to dominate the expected trillion dollar PV market.

The interdisciplinary team consisting of multiple universities, world-renowned energy companies, leaders in PV and a blend of entrepreneurs form a strategic partnership to generate innovative solutions to sustainable electricity generation.

The Impact of QESST

For the past decade, the PV industry has expanded at an average compound annual growth rate of nearly 40 percent. At this growth rate, the PV industry can satisfy all new global demand for electricity in the next 10 years. Sustaining such growth rates is an enormous challenge—but one that has been met by other semiconductor industries. The goal of the QESST ERC is to develop a technology path for photovoltaics that will enable rapid growth by allowing existing commercial photovoltaic technologies to circumvent trade-offs in performance and cost. Alternatively stated, our goal is to enable commercial photovoltaics to exceed all goals formerly envisioned.

QESST was established in 2011 as an NSF-DOE funded Engineering Research Center. Download an overview of the Center.

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Advisory Boards

Industrial Advisory Board The Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) is comprised of representatives from QESST industry members. The IAB provides advice and input regarding the Centers’ research direction to help insure the research is highly relevant to industry’s needs. Innovation Board The Innovation Board is comprised of investment firms, economic development agencies (GPEC), Chambers of Commerce, …

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Faculty & Staff

  Table of Contents: Leadership Team Thrust 1: Terawatt Scale Silicon Photovoltaics Thrust 2: Tandem Integration with Silicon Technologies Thrust 3: Fundamentals for High Efficiency Photovoltaics QESST Testbed 1: Student Led Pilot-Line QESST Testbed 2: Advanced Modules and Integration QESST Testbed 3: Sustainability of Terawatt Photovoltaics Deployment QESST Integrative Theme: Sustainability QESST Integrative Theme: Education …

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Student Leadership Council

The Student Leadership Council (SLC) is comprised of representatives from each U.S. university participating in QESST. The active QESST SLC has established the following goals: establish and encourage clear lines of communication with a database of names, email address, and areas of research of all students and faculty participating in QESST research; build and cultivate …

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