Center for Next Generation Photovoltaics
Though solar energy generates less than 1 percent of the nation’s yearly power supply, its use in the United States is growing. Utility-scale solar capacity in the United States spiked by 96 percent in 2013. And customer-sited solar capacity continued to climb as well.
This growth is due, in part, to technology advances and drops in solar equipment/material prices.
The goal of CSU’s Center for Next Generation Photovoltaics is to reduce those costs even further – until solar is economically competitive with traditional energy sources.
Center researchers are focused on developing a Cadmium Telluride thin-film photovoltatic that is cheaper to manufacture and more efficient than other PV technologies.