Energy Department awards Stanford $1.59 million for solar research

The Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Stanford a total of $1.59 million for two research projects on advanced solar cell technology. The awards are among 48 projects that will receive support through the DOE SunShot Initiative, a program launched in 2011 to develop new technologies that lower the costs and improve the reliability of solar power.

Sun Shot logoThe following two Stanford projects will focus on perovskites – promising photovoltaic materials that could rival and even outperform conventional solar cells made of silicon:

  • Perovskite on Silicon Tandem Solar Cells, led by MICHAEL MCGEHEE, professor of materials science and engineering, will study tandem solar cells made of perovskite and silicon. McGehee’s group recently demonstrated significant improvements in the performance of hybrid perovskite-silicon cells.
  • Low-Cost Scaffold-Reinforced Perovskite Solar Modules with Integrated Light Management, led by REINHOLD DAUSKARDT, the Ruth G. and William K. Bowest Professor in the School of Engineering, will focus on developing new designs to improve the stability of perovskite solar modules.

Learn more on the webpages of the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy.

More details about the 48 SunShot awardees can be found here.