Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors





Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


android tablet pc

Home > Press > Stanford solar research receives $25 million grant

Michael McGehee
Michael McGehee

Abstract:
Saudi Arabia's new science and technology university has made another large grant to Stanford researchers, this time revolving around solar power.

The $25 million grant from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, or KAUST, spans the next five years beginning this month and will fund a new center at Stanford, the Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics.

Stanford solar research receives $25 million grant

PALO ALTO, CA | Posted on June 11th, 2008

The center will be directed by Michael McGehee, associate professor of materials science and engineering. The deputy director is Peter Peumans, assistant professor of electrical engineering in the Integrated Circuits Laboratory at the Center for Integrated Systems, who is also affiliated with the Woods Institute for the Environment. Both are intensely involved in designing new types of solar cells at the nanoscale level.

McGehee said that the center's goal is to make solar electricity at a cost that is competitive with coal plants. He seeks to construct organic solar cells that can be cheaply printed in a roll-to-roll coating process similar to newspaper printing. Today's best organic solar cells have an efficiency of 6.5 percent and last approximately one year under sunlight. The center has plans for taking the efficiency to at least 15 percent and making the cells stable for 10 years or more.

"We're doing lots of experiments to see what's holding back the efficiency," McGehee said.

KAUST officials would like to see Saudi Arabia become a leader in solar technology as a way to generate revenue with industries other than oil. "They're looking to diversify their economy," McGehee said. The Saudi goal is to leapfrog into new areas of expertise rather than catch up with existing industries in other countries, he said. The Saudis are not, for example, attempting to create an electronics sector to compete with the entrenched tech economies of the United States and Asia.

"In the long term they're looking for something that will continue to work for them even when the oil supplies diminish," McGehee said. "They're looking to move into new directions. Regardless of where you are in the world, renewable energy is very promising."

The overarching goal of the Saudis' new graduate-level university is to establish a world-class research institution. To that end, Stanford professors are advising KAUST on the hiring of its faculty in applied mathematics and computer science.

KAUST researchers will visit Stanford, and vice versa. McGehee, for instance, will spend a sabbatical on the Saudi campus, probably next year when the new campus on the eastern shore of the Red Sea is scheduled to open.

In another area of cooperation, Yi Cui, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Stanford who specializes in nanotechnology, is working with KAUST to develop long-lasting lithium-ion batteries based on silicon nanowires. The research could be a boon to laptops, cell phones, portable media players and electric cars. Cui's research group received a $10 million KAUST grant earlier this year.

SR

####

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Stanford News Service
425 Santa Teresa St.
Stanford, CA 94305-2245

(650) 723-2558 (main number)
(650) 725-0247 (fax)

Copyright © Stanford University

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Study finds long-term survival of human neural stem cells transplanted into primate brain April 23rd, 2014

High-Performance, Low-Cost Ultracapacitors Built with Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes: Future devices based on technology could bridge gap between batteries and conventional capacitors in portable electronics and hybrid electric vehicles April 23rd, 2014

Guo Lab Shows Potential of RNA as Heat-resistant Polymer Material for Nanoarchitectures April 23rd, 2014

National Space Society Congratulates SpaceX on the Success of CRS-3 and the First Flight of the Falcon 9R April 22nd, 2014

Announcements

Study finds long-term survival of human neural stem cells transplanted into primate brain April 23rd, 2014

High-Performance, Low-Cost Ultracapacitors Built with Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes: Future devices based on technology could bridge gap between batteries and conventional capacitors in portable electronics and hybrid electric vehicles April 23rd, 2014

Guo Lab Shows Potential of RNA as Heat-resistant Polymer Material for Nanoarchitectures April 23rd, 2014

National Space Society Congratulates SpaceX on the Success of CRS-3 and the First Flight of the Falcon 9R April 22nd, 2014

Energy

Like a hall of mirrors, nanostructures trap photons inside ultrathin solar cells April 22nd, 2014

Global leader in solar cell manufacturing eyes New York for major expansion outside of Japan: CNSE and Solar Frontier Explore $700 Million Investment, Job Creation in New York State April 22nd, 2014

Nanoreporters tell 'sour' oil from 'sweet': Rice University's hydrogen sulfide nanoreporters gather intel on oil before pumping April 22nd, 2014

High-temperature plasmonics eyed for solar, computer innovation April 17th, 2014

Grants/Awards/Scholarships/Gifts/Contests/Honors/Records

National Space Society Congratulates SpaceX on the Success of CRS-3 and the First Flight of the Falcon 9R April 22nd, 2014

Energy Research Facility Construction Project at Brookhaven Lab Wins U.S. Energy Secretary's Achievement Award April 16th, 2014

IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe 2014 Award Winners April 1st, 2014

Dais Analytic Wins SBIR Grant: Dais Analytic Receives US Army Small Business Innovation Research Grant to Further Its Demonstrated Successes in Cleaning Most Forms of Wastewater March 28th, 2014

Solar/Photovoltaic

Like a hall of mirrors, nanostructures trap photons inside ultrathin solar cells April 22nd, 2014

Global leader in solar cell manufacturing eyes New York for major expansion outside of Japan: CNSE and Solar Frontier Explore $700 Million Investment, Job Creation in New York State April 22nd, 2014

High-temperature plasmonics eyed for solar, computer innovation April 17th, 2014

A molecular approach to solar power: Switchable material could harness the power of the sun ó even when itís not shining April 15th, 2014

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE







  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More














ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







© Copyright 1999-2014 7th Wave, Inc. All Rights Reserved PRIVACY POLICY :: CONTACT US :: STATS :: SITE MAP :: ADVERTISE