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Research

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Systems Engineering & Integration

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Rapid advances in energy material and process technology for everything from the smart grid, to lighting and building architectures requires that we build a world in which integrating societal and technological needs, affordability, and energy efficiency will be paramount. CFES researchers are focusing on finding new ways to combine home and office comfort with energy conservation and efficiency.

Energy Platforms

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Photovoltaic and Thermo-Photovoltaic:

Partha Dutta, Toh-Ming Lu, Ishwara Bhat, Ramanath, Shawn Lin, Daniel Gall, T. Borca-Tasciuc, Pawel Keblinski, Nikhil Koratkar

  • Integration processes for multi-wavelength stacked PV.
  • Study of MOVPE and ELO processes for Cd based thin layer Si wafer coating.
  • Development of nano-architectured PV devices for high efficiency.
  • Develop prototype system that integrates high performance radiator.

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Distributed Generation, Smart Grid:

Jian Sun, Leila Parsa, Joe Chow, Keith Nelson

  • Micro grid and renewable energy systems integration.
  • Autonomous energy systems and controls.
  • Test operational characteristics of DG under a high degree of penetration.
  • Study stability and dynamic behavior of utility distribution grid with small system inertia Investigate power quality interactions in inverter based DG.
  • Develop and test new DG control features that meet IEEE 1741.
  • Phasor measurement (PMU) and data storage systems.
  • Power electronics, controls and optimization.
  • Micro grid and renewable energy systems integration.
  • Autonomous energy systems and controls.

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Smart Building Architectures:

Anna Dyson, Michael Jensen, Jason Vollen

  • Next generation dynamic PV concentrator and window shading systems.
  • Solar building envelope systems for water recycling, purification and thermal control.
  • Building integrated PV (BIPV) design and testing.
  • Building integrated wind channel air flow amplification for power generation; design and testing.
  • Utilization of electroactive polymers for building system control.

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Advanced Lighting Technologies:

  • GaN wide bandgap thin film growth and devices