Energy Center

Bindley Bioscience

Solar Energy

The Energy Center’s work in solar energy takes parallel low-cost and high-efficiency approaches to solar cell design. Thin film cells with reasonable efficiency but high affordability are being developed for some applications, while multi-junction, high-efficiency cells are being researched for other applications.  The Solar Initiative Team has the fundamental knowledge and technical skill to enable a successful transition to economically and environmentally friendly solar power.

Researchers

Rakesh Agrawal
Rakesh Agrawal
(ChE)

Solar thin film cells, Inorganic "inks" for solar cells
Muhammad Alam
Muhammad Alam
(ECE)

Physics of electronic devices
Dionysios Aliprantis

Dionysios Aliprantis
(ECE)

Large-scale PV integration with electric power systems

Peter Bermel
Peter Bermel
(ECE)

Simulation and fabrication of PV light-trapping structures
Bryan Boudouris
Bryan Boudouris
(ChE)

Optoelectronically-active polymers PV
Jong Hyun Choi
Jong Hyun Choi
(ME)

Self-repairing solar cells
Gary Cheng
Gary Cheng
(IE)

Laser manufacturing of thin film solar cells
Suresh Garimella
Edwin Garcia
(MSE)

PV growth morphology
Suresh Garimella
Suresh Garimella
(ME)

Solar thermal energy storage, Materials processing
Jeffery Gray
Jeffery Gray
(ECE)

Photovoltaic devices
William Hutzel
William Hutzel
(MET)

Building automation, Renewable energy systems, solar energy
Mark Lunstrom
Mark Lundstrom
(ECE)

Semiconductor device physics
Robert Moon
Robert Moon
(MSE)

Cellulose-backed PV cells
Evgenii Narimanov
Evgenii Narimanov
(ECE)

Omni directional EM wave concentrator and absorber
Ming Qu
Ming Qu
(CE)

Solar cooling and heating
Xiulin Ruan
Xiulin Ruan
(ME)

Photovoltaic nanomaterials: simulation, synthesis, & devices
Richard Schwartz
Richard Schwartz
(ECE-Emeritus)

Modeling Solar cells
Yung C. Shin
Yung C. Shin
(ME)

Laser manufacturing of thin film solar cells
Yue Wu
Yue Wu
(ChE-Adjunct)

Nanostructured/earth abundant based PV cells

Technical Contact

Dr. Peter Bermel
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
e-mail: pbermel@purdue.edu


Collaborating Laboratories

Cooling Technologies Research Center
INHome
Network for Photovoltaic Technology
Purdue Solar Energy Utilization Lab (PSEUL)
Solar Cooling & Heating System (SACH)
Solar Economy Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (SEIGERT)
Solar Energy Research Group

About the Energy Center

The Center’s mission is to grow the Purdue energy research and education enterprise. We engage researchers and students in a community that delivers new discoveries and develops disruptive technologies with national and global impact.


Contact

Maureen McCann

Director, Energy Center,
Global Sustainability Institute

Pankaj Sharma

Managing Director, Energy Center,
Global Sustainability Institute

Mann Hall, Rm 105
203 South Martin Jischke Dr.
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1971