The Bay Area Photovoltaic Consortium

Yi Cui, Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University 

Monday, April 30, 2012 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM | NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center | Free and Open to All

Led by Stanford and the University of California-Berkeley,the Bay Area Photovoltaic Consortium conducts industry‐relevant research and development that will impact high‐volume photovoltaic manufacturing, produce a highly trained workforce, and speed up commercialization of cutting‐edge solar technologies. BAPVC will develop and test innovative new materials, device structures, and fabrication processes necessary to produce cost‐effective photovoltaic modules in high volumes. The research will advance technologies that bring down manufacturing costs and improve device performance to facilitate the manufacturing of solar cell modules with a price less than $0.50 per watt, thereby enabling an installed system price of $1 per watt.

BAPVC recently selected 18 projects to fund at Stanford, Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Yi Cui will introduce some of these projects. The consortium is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy with additional support from industry and the universities. DOE is providing $25 million over five years as part of the SunShot Initiative.

Brief Bio:

Yi Cui is an associate professor and the David Filo and Jerry Yang Faculty Scholar in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford. Yi is co-director of the Bay Area Photovoltaic Consortium. The overall theme of his research has been on the rational design of nanoscale materials to address critical problems in energy, environment and biology, where his research group has generated a number of breakthroughs.

Yi is an associate editor of Nano Letters. He is the founder of Amprius Inc., a company to commercialize high-energy battery technology. He has received the Wilson Prize, a Sloan Research Fellowship, the Global Climate and Energy Project Distinguished Lecturer, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Investigator Award, and the Technology Review World Top Young Innovator Award, among other honors.

Yi obtained a Ph.D. at Harvard and was a Miller Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California-Berkeley.

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