Solar Energy

CEI students and faculty are tackling the grand challenge of building high-efficiency solar cells using ultra-low-cost manufacturing processes that are as cheap as printing a newspaper.
We lead groundbreaking research in an array of materials that can be coated and printed and are environmentally benign. For example, hybrid perovskites are a rapidly improving class of materials for printable solar cells. Perovskites already match the efficiencies found in conventional silicon solar cells and allow for whole new device architectures. In addition, electronic polymers have the potential to transform solar cells—they are already improving consumer electronics, lighting, and displays.

Recent Publications

“‘Smart’ Engineered Fluids for Ultra-Low-Cost Electronic Devices & Solar Cells” – Langmuir – Lilo Pozzo, Ph.D.

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.