Solar research center created
Denver Business Journal
Twelve companies and four research centers have joined forces to create the Center for Revolutionary Solar Photoconversion, it was announced Monday.
The solar energy research center, or CRSP, is part of the Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory, which was created in February 2007 to develop renewable energy technologies for rapid commercialization. The group in July launched its first major project, to develop new biofuels and biorefining technologies.
The new solar project is geared toward transforming sunshine into clean, low-cost electricity and fuels. The research center will look to basic and applied research at the Collaboratory's four member institutions: the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Initial shared research projects will be selected by members of CRSP and funded through membership fees and the Colorado Renewable Energy Authority.
The companies that signed on as founding members of CRSP are: Applied Materials, Ascent Solar Technologies, DuPont, Evident Technologies, Konarka, Lockheed Martin, Motech Industries, QuantumSphere, Sharp, Solasta, Sub-One Technology and SunEdison.
NREL Senior Research Fellow Arthur Nozik will serve as scientific director of CRSP. Co-directors are CU's David Jonas, CSU's Mike Elliott and CSM's Craig Taylor.
A decision is due this summer about which solar research projects will be funded.
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