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Research

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Device Development & Testing

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Research on developing new energy devices utilizing advantages of unique nano-materials contribute greatly to the development of high efficient renewable energy systems. Conventional devices use expensive fabrication process, expensive materials with low surface area which leads to higher cost per watt energy. Hence, there is a need for development of inexpensive solution based fabrication processes using inexpensive nanostructure materials. Researchers at CFES focus on fabrication of low-cost high efficiency energy devices.

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

  • Low cost-high efficiency PV technologies, full spectrum solar cells.
  • Low power tracking system for solar concentrator.
  • Material selection and device fabrication.
  • Develop efficient thermal radiator to match long wavelength PV cell.
  • Development of 600 watt GaSb and InGaSb TPV for self powered furnace system.

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Thermal Energy Conversion:

Ramanath, T. Borca-Tasciuc, Shawn Lin

  • Development of nanoscale thermoelectric devices for power generation.
  • Tunable thermal conductivity materials and devices.

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Distributed Generation, Smart Grid:

Jian Sun, Leila Parsa, Joe Chow, Keith Nelson

  • DG test bed for simulating distribution grid system reliability and performance
  • Multi-terminal HVDC for offshore wind farms and bulk power transmission
  • DC Micro-Grid
  • Smart grid voltage stability and control
  • Wind turbine farm integration with a weak grid
  • Grid connected inverter modeling
  • Test energy storage devices and systems application

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Fuel cell and Hydrogen Research Lab:

Dan Lewis, Michael Jensen, Wayne Bequette, Lealon Martin, Ray Puffer, David Duquette, Marc-Olivier Coppens

  • Development and study of PEM, solid oxide, micro and alkaline fuel cells as well as sensors, control theory, bio-fuel cells, nanomaterials, bi-polar plates, systems engineering and gas diffusion layers.
  • Create advanced fuel cell components and systems through design, synthesis, and engineering of novel high-performance materials.
  • Technical collaboration on MEA manufacturing methods.
  • Contract PEM and SOFC testing.

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Wind Energy Enhancement

Miki Amitay, Ken Jansen, Jian Sun

  • Enhanced wind turbine blade performance by implementing techniques that improve turbine energy capture particularly at low wind speed.
  • Reduce fatigue load at high speeds.
  • Reduce blade vibration.
  • Industry design and wind tunnel testing capability.

 

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