MIT Energy Initiative

Solar photovoltaic technologies

MIT researchers explore silicon and beyond

Vladimir Bulović and Miles Barr, from Transparent solar cells, Energy Futures Spring 2013Credit: Justin Knight

What we need is a cell that performs just as well but is thinner, flexible, lightweight, and easier to transport and install.

Vladimir Bulović

Joel Jean of electrical engineering and computer science (EECS), Vladimir Bulović of EECS, and Patrick Brown of physics and their collaborators have performed a rigorous assessment of today’s many commercial and emerging solar photovoltaic tech­nologies and conclude that none should be ruled out, given the urgent need to move to a low-carbon energy future.

Research Team

Joel Jean

Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Sponsor: Siemens

Patrick Brown Physics