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Writing the book on solar: University of Delaware researchers contributed heavily to the ‘go-to’ book on solar energy

Writing the book on solar: University of Delaware researchers contributed heavily to the ‘go-to’ book on solar energy

The one-story building housing some of the world’s premier solar researchers could easily be mistaken for a garage or large storage shed.  The work happening there is far more spectacular than the drab building belies.

Inside, the University of Delaware Institute for Energy Conversion (IEC) investigates and innovates advances in photovoltaics, the conversion of light into electricity. Established in 1972, IEC is the world’s oldest solar lab.  Today it and UD are world leaders in this area, a boast backed by UD’s overwhelming presence in a new book, the Handbook of Photovoltaic Science and Engineering, second edition.  Steve Hegedus, a scientist at IEC, co-edited the 1,168-page hardcover, in which he and four other UD researchers wrote chapters. 

“The combination of our long historical view and our very up-to-date technology awareness really made them good choices to contribute to the book,” Hegedus said.