University of Delaware receives $3.75 million grant for solar power research

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According to this article on the university website, the University of Delaware’s Institute of Energy Conversion will receive $3.75 million in grant money from the Department of Energy under the Solar America Initiative over the next three years. 

Out of nine Universities receiving funding, Delaware is the largest recipient and will be working research projects with Dow Corning and SunPower corp.

“The Solar America Initiative is an exciting program that will enable us to continue our research in established areas, as well as develop expertise in new facets of photovoltaics working with our industry partners,” said Robert Birkmire, professor of materials science and engineering and director of IEC.

With Dow Chemical, the university will be working on flexible solar cells that are made by depositing semi-conductor material onto a flexible film.

The collaboration with SunPower will work towards improving the efficiency of solar cells beyond 26 percent. 

“We’ve developed a great group of people here — an integrated team of scientists and students from different disciplines, which is critical to this research,” Birkmire noted.

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