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Membrion Takes Home the Clean Energy Prize 
Research & Discovery

The Journal of Physical Chemistry C published a detailed analysis of optical losses in nanocrystal waveguide Luminescent Solar Concentrators (LSCs) in a study by Chemistry Professor Daniel Gamelin, Ph.D. student Christian Erickson, M.S. graduate Troy Kilburn, and Western Washington University colleagues. The team demonstrated best-in-class performance in large-area semitransparent LSCs. The concept in semitransparent LSCs is to collect part of the light hitting windows in a building or house and redirect that light to the edge of the windowpane, where it is concentrated into a very bright light source that can be collected by small solar cells. Efficiently redirecting the light to the edge of a large window is a nanotechnology challenge, and the solution relied on CuInS2 nanocrystals, for which the long-standing issue of light reabsorption before reaching the edge was solved. These improvements are critical for improving overall efficiencies of LSCs for application as smart solar windows, device window layers, and light transporters.

Chemical Engineering Professor Venkat Subramanian, PhD student Seongbeom Lee, Research Scientist Chintan Pathak, and colleagues from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and the University of Denver published an open access paper in the Journal of The Electrochemical Society describing how to design and operate microgrids. Microgrids are small electrical systems where local electricity generation, use, and storage can be operated independently of the main electricity system. Microgrids are more resilient to disasters—interest peaked after Hurricane Sandy—so they are becoming more widely adopted as part of grid modernization. This paper was one of the top 10 most read articles for the publication in March. <
K-12 Outreach
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CEI Brings Clean Energy Ambassador Program to WSU

On March 23, CEI launched its first Clean Energy Ambassador Affiliate site at Washington State University (WSU) Pullman. CEI Education Director Shaun Taylor worked with WSU Professor of Physics Brian Collins to bring the program to WSU graduate and undergraduate students interested in clean energy and K-12 outreach. CEI provided the group with training and a set of 10 solar cars, solar panels, racetracks, lights, and solar technology display signs. That same evening, the new WSU-CEI Clean Energy Ambassadors and Taylor went to Franklin Elementary School’s STEM fair where they offered several hundred students and parents solar demonstrations. Moving forward, the WSU affiliate will take requests for K-12 outreach in areas from Spokane to Walla Walla. CEI is seeking other sites for affiliate groups to serve the state of Washington.
Government Relations

Representative Pramila Jayapal’s Staffer Tours the Testbeds 
CEI led Congresswoman Jayapal’s legislative assistant, Danielle Fulfs, on a tour of the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds. UW Federal Relations Deputy Director Sang Han also joined.

CEI Director Completes Inaugural DOE Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program 

Nominated by PNNL director Dr. Steven Ashby, CEI director Dan Schwartz was an inaugural member of the Department of Energy’s Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program. The program provided Schwartz and 13 other emerging leaders from national labs and universities a comprehensive view of the U.S. energy enterprise. The cohort toured federal research labs, gas fracking fields in West Virginia, and parts of the nuclear weapons complex. The program concluded with a set of Cohort Presentations to DOE leaders at the 2017 "DOE Big Ideas Summit," where Energy Secretary Perry, less than one week after his Senate confirmation, was the featured speaker.
Upcoming Events & Speaking Engagements

May 11, 2017
CEI Interdisciplinary Seminar Series
4-5 pm at the University of Washington, Johnson Hall 075
Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University, Mercouri G Kanatzidis, presents “The Renaissance of Halide Perovskites: Poor Man’s Semiconductors.”
June 19-22, 2017
The Flex Conference
Professor MacKenzie will present, and the team from the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds will host a booth, at The Flex Conference in Monterey, CA.
June 26, 2017
CleanTech Innovation Showcase
Professor MacKenzie will present, and the team from the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds will host a booth, at the CleanTech Innovation Showcase in Seattle, WA.
July 11-13, 2017
Intersolar North America
The team from the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds will host a booth at Intersolar North America in San Francisco, CA.
Staff Update

CEI welcomes the following new staff members:
Phillip Cox, Ph.D., Research Scientist at the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds
Corin Shelley-Reuss, Events and Communications Coordinator
Our Mission
The Clean Energy Institute is accelerating the adoption of a scalable clean energy future by advancing next-generation solar energy and battery materials and devices, as well as their integration with systems and the grid.