In the solar energy sphere, scientists and economists alike will note that coming up with cheaper, most efficient solar cells is key to the industry's growth. And now, many experts are arguing that an emerging type of technology, known as the "perovskite" solar cell, is the face of the future.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Nitin Padture is soft-spoken, so when he describes new solar power technology that he is researching his words are all the more striking because they're delivered without bombast and with only a hint of excitement.
"This," he says in his office at Brown University, "is a game changer."
Nearly 200 undergraduates gathered in Sayles Hall on August 6 and 7 to present the results of their research at the annual Summer Research Symposium sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College. More than 20 of the posters were from undergraduate researchers from the School of Engineering or were conducted under the guidance of engineering faculty members. Many of the projects are supported by Brown’s Karen T. Romer Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards (UTRAs).