June 18, 2014

Research at the Newly Merged SUNY CNSE/SUNYIT, Solar Energy Development Center, and PVMC Honored at 40th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference



PVMC Program Managers Ankush Halbe and Eric Holton awarded for research on lightweight rooftop solar PV systems

Albany, NY – In accordance with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s NY-SUN and energy superhighway initiatives that are expanding New York’s clean energy industry, pioneering photovoltaic-based research conducted at the newly merged SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) / SUNY Institute of Technology (SUNYIT) institution, both at its Albany NanoTech Complex and Solar Energy Development Center (SEDC) in Halfmoon, led to U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC) Program Manager Ankush Halbe’s selection as a featured speaker. In addition, PVMC Program Manager Eric Holton earned an award at the recent IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC) international exhibition.

Halbe was featured in the “PV Systems and Applications – BOS and Off-Grid Advances” area, during which he delivered a presentation based on the co-authored paper, “Evaluation of Mounting Mechanisms for the Installation of Lightweight PV Systems on Commercial Rooftops.” PVMC is developing advanced module mounting concepts that incorporate lightweight and frameless PV technologies into various roof types using low-cost, commercially available adhesives and clamps. PVMC is currently conducting accelerated testing to better understand long-term durability implications of these concepts prior to outdoor deployment.

A panel of judges, including photovoltaic specialists, awarded “Best Poster” to Holton for research that evaluated the commercial deployment potential of next-generation lightweight PV systems. The poster presentation was based on Holton’s co-authored research paper, “Cost and Market Analysis of Integrative Lightweight PV Systems for Low-Slope Commercial Rooftops,” which focused on characterizing the lightweight PV (LPV) market based on structural load constraints and identifying cost-saving opportunities using conventional installation techniques and hardware. Holton manages a similar, industry-led LPV market analysis project at PVMC.

Of note, three additional PVMC staff members presented their research at the conference: Program Managers Sandra Schujman and Raji Sundaramoorthy and Process Operations Manager David Fobare. Schujman presented a poster on the effects of light soaking and temperature on PV devices and another on X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. Sundaramoorthy also presented two posters: one on copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) PV reliability, the other on DC granular monitoring. Fobare presented a poster on yttria-stabilized zirconia as an alternative substrate for CIGS cells.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE, is the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology. Known as the premier technical conference covering all aspects of photovoltaic technology and reliability, the PVSC, now in its 40th year, took place in Denver, Colorado, from June 8-13 and featured over 1,000 presentations. For more information on the conference, visit http://www.ieee-pvsc.org/PVSC40/.