FES Diverse Voices: Jon Carson, Solar City

Jon Carson is the Senior Director of the Solar Ambassador program at SolarCity, an Americancompany that providesdesign, financing and installation of solar power systems for residential, business and government customers. The Solar Ambassadors are SolarCity customers and others who help spread the word about the solar movement in their communities and tell homeowners about the opportunity to switch to solar power on their own home.

Design and assembly of nanomaterials for energy conversion and storage, Andre Taylor, Yale SASE

Andre Taylor’s collaboration with Nilay Hazari of the Yale chemistry department began with YCEI funding. Their 2011 seed grant to study “Controlled Growth, Doping, and Modification of Carbon Materials for Catalysts and Electrodes” led to publication in Nano Letters, and is discussed here

Beyond Silicon: Solar cell technology gets atom-thin, Marina Mariano-Juste, YCEI

YCEI’s 2015-2016 speaker series highlights the work of its postdoctoral fellows, beginning with Marina Mariano-Juste, a physicist who specializes in the use of light-trapping schemes to increase efficiency of photo-voltaic devices.  Marina’s Monday talk provides an introduction to the world of what are essentially two-dimensional materials, such as graphene, MXenes and other products whose thickness is measured in atoms and which which present alternatives to Silicon solar cell design.

Electricity Access for India's Poor is Minor Contributor to Emissions Growth

Rapid expansion of electrical service in developing countries is a common concern in the climate change community. The aspiration for universal access to electric power is understandable; electricity is crucial to alleviation of poverty, but the accompanying increased burning of fossil fuels to supply that energy potentially hinders efforts to mitigate climate change.

A recent study in Nature Climate Change uses two national datasets to quantify the…

Lifestyles of the High and Low GHG Emitters

Where should you live to most reduce your carbon footprint? It seems obvious that city life with smaller homes, mass transportation, and easy access to shops and restaurants is preferable to the suburbs with its cars and bigger homes. But how about the benefits of rural areas where people grow their food and live closer to the land? What about regional climate, income and energy price differences? A recent analysis by Jones and Kammen (2013)…

Intergenerational Differences in Carbon Emissions

Changing people’s carbon emission patterns requires first understanding the differences in behaviors and corresponding emissions levels between different groups of people. A recent paper by Chancel in the journal Ecological Economics investigated the differences in carbon emissions between different generations in the U.S. and France. The author examined carbon emissions by American and French

Light Management Key to Reaching Solar Cell Efficiency Limit

In 1961, the Nobel Prize-winning co-inventor of the transistor, William Shockley, and his colleague, Hans Quisser, identified the theoretical maximum conversion efficiency of a solar cell. They called this the “detailed balance limit,” because maximum efficiency would occur when photons absorbed from and emitted to the sun were in the proper balance. This theoretical limit has been beyond the…


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