ASU Creates Solar Power Laboratory

Arizona State University (ASU) is establishing a Solar Power Laboratory to advance solar energy research, education and technology.

The lab will be a collaboration between the university’s Global Institute of Sustainability and Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering. The goal of the lab will be to improve the efficiency of solar electric power systems while making them more economically feasible. The university says that prominent scientists and engineers are now being hired to work in the lab.

“The Solar Power Laboratory will further build up the university’s already formidable solar energy research and develop collaborations with the energy industry to accelerate expansion of the state’s economy,” said ASU President Michael Crow.

According to Crow, the effort is a major part of ASU’s response to the Arizona Board of Regents’ Solar Energy Initiative, aimed at encouraging research and development to meet future needs for renewable energy sources.

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