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CEI Director Dan Schwartz was quoted in WIRED magazine’s feature on perovskite photovoltaics. Perovskites are a promising alternative to traditional silicon for solar cells, thanks to rapidly-growing efficiencies and the ability to turn them into inks that can be printed onto flexible materials for low-cost manufacturing. Several UW CEI member faculty are leading experts in perovskite photovoltaics, including CEI Chief Scientist David Ginger, Washington Clean Energy Testbeds Technical Director Devin MacKenzie, and chemical engineering professor Hugh Hillhouse. Read the WIRED story here.
Daniel Kroupa Makes Forbes' “30 Under 30: Energy”


Dr. Daniel Kroupa, Washington Research Foundation Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow in Clean Energy, has been selected for Forbes’ 2019 “30 Under 30: Energy” list. Kroupa, a member of chemistry professor Daniel Gamelin’s research group, is developing a method to increase sunlight-to-electricity conversion efficiency in solar photovoltaic cells. The technology works by printing an inexpensive perovskite-based coating onto the surface of standard silicon cells. Read about his work here.
NW Business Community Honors
Washington Clean Energy Testbeds

Washington Clean Energy Testbeds Managing Director Michael Pomfret

Two Northwest organizations representing the clean energy business community, the CleanTech Alliance and the Northwest Environmental Business Council, presented Michael Pomfret, managing director of the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds, with their Energy Leadership Achievement Award. The honor recognizes Pomfret’s work to accelerate the pace of cleantech commercialization in the region and beyond. More on Pomfret and the Testbeds’ growth here.
Professor Brian Johnson Leads DOE-Funded Research to Halve Cost of Solar Power Electronics

Brian B. Johnson, Washington Research Foundation Innovation Assistant Professor of Clean Energy and Electrical & Computer Engineering

The U.S. Department of Energy has pledged $2.84M to a research team led by UW electrical & computer engineering (ECE) professor Brian B. Johnson to lower the cost of power electronics in solar photovoltaic systems. The team includes UW ECE professor Daniel Kirschen leading experts from University of Colorado Boulder and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and semiconductor manufacturer Wolfspeed. More on this work here.
Revolutionary Printer for Sustainable Electronics Comes to Washington Clean Energy Testbeds


The Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth Abundant Materials (JCDREAM), a Washington state research collaborative, has awarded $631K to UW materials science & engineering and mechanical engineering associate professor Devin MacKenzie and the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds. MacKenzie will use the funds to purchase and install an ultra-high-resolution electronics printer. When integrated with the existing roll-to-roll printer at the Testbeds, it will be the first system capable of high-throughput printing at sub-micron feature sizes. More here.
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