CEI News

Flexolar Solar Blinds Featured on KOMO-TV

April 23, 2015

King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson partnered with KOMO TV to highlight innovative “green” products to celebrate Earth Day. Watch this video featuring UW graduate student Caitlin Cramer, a member of the company Flexolar, which is using research developed at the Clean Energy Institute to build flexible and durable solar cells.

Caitlin demonstrates how the cells can be incorporated into everyday household fixtures, like window blinds, and help generate clean energy for the home. Flexolar was one of four CEI sponsored teams that competed in the recent Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge.

 

 

The Washington Research Foundation has provided a six-year gift of $6.74 million to support nine new faculty hires, six postdoctoral researchers and the creation of a new experimental manufacturing facility on campus that will help move discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace. This investment in the CEI is truly transformational.”
– Daniel Schwartz, CEI Director
“Providing clean energy to the inhabitants of our planet is a major challenge to future generations. The University of Washington is to be congratulated for establishing an Institute where faculty and students can work together to tackle the difficult global challenge of energy sustainability.”
– Mildred Dresselhaus, Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emerita and Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Energy competition is opening up in a variety of ways, the push for carbon control will continue, and the rate of technology advancement is exponential. All the things I’ve seen at the CEI are just perfect for the way we see things going in energy. You guys are at the cutting edge. We’re counting on you.”
– Ronald Litzinger, President, Edison Energy
Since its founding the Clean Energy Institute has contributed more than $1.1 million toward the education of 66 STEM scholars and recruitment of 12 students through our fellowship programs.