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The University of Minnesota's Solar Energy Laboratory specializes in development of solar technologies for a wide range of applications including high-temperature cycles that utilize concentrated solar radiation for fuel and chemical production, and low-temperature distributed solar systems for space heating, cooling and hot water.

 

 

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Doctoral student Jesse Fosheim has been awarded the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

2015

A recent SCIENCE NATION video profiled Professor Jane Davidson, along with Caltech Chemical Engineer Sossina Haile, and shares their contributions on how to expand the nations renewable energy source! Learn more ...

2015

Solar Energy Laboratory demonstrates continuous on-sun production of SUNgas for 36 hours in their solar simulator. The reactor operates at 1500 Celsius and includes a novel ceramic heat exchanger to recuperate 90% of the sensible heat of the reactant and product gases. The reactor technology was showcased at the 2015 ARPAE summit.

2015

A recent SCIENCE NATION video profiled Professor Jane Davidson, along with Caltech Chemical Engineer Sossina Haile, and shares their contributions on how to expand the nations renewable energy source! Learn more ...

2015

Aditya Kedlaya received his MS degree for his research "Fluid Modeling and Design of Gas Channels for a Non-Stoichiometric Redox Reactor."

2014

Dr. Adam Gladen was awarded his PhD for research on radiative modeling and development of thermotropic materials in August 2014, when he joined the Solar Energy Team working on Solar Thermochemical Fuel Production as a postdoctoral Fellow.

2014

The solar lab welcomes new Doctoral student Jesse Fosheim, as well as Masters students Daniel Nigon, Jasper Adamek-Bowers, and Krishna Sandeep Prada to the team.

2014

Robert De Smith received his MS degree for research on "Improving the Efficiency of a Ceria Reduction-Oxidation Cycle through the Choice of Operating Conditions and Ceria Morphology". He is currently employed as a consulting engineer at Symbiont located in Milwaukee, WI.

2014

Aayan Banerjee received his MS degree for research on "Design and Characterization of a Ceramic Heat Exchanger for High Temperature Gas Heat Recovery". He is now pursuing doctoral studies at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

2014

Doctoral student Rohini Bala Chandran and Peter Krenzke were awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships from the University of Minnesota Graduate School.

2014

An Open House celebrating a mural painting in the Solar Energy Laboratory was held on Thursday, January 23. The mural, painted by artist C. Ruth Mason, depicts a vision of the work in the laboratory devoted to conversion of sunlight to fuel.

2013

Former doctoral student Brandon Hathaway is now the lead research scientist at the Solar Energy Laboratory.

2013

Former doctoral students Luke Venstrom and Daniel Keene accept faculty positions. Dr. Venstrom is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Valparaiso University. Dr. Keene is an Assistant Professor of Engineering at Seattle Pacific University.

2012

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