University of California, Riverside


Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy



Solar Energy Outreach Featured on Cable Program

solar energy outreachSC-RISE-affliated faculty Elaine Haberer, was featured on Charter Communications' Local Edition. The spot featured UCR efforts to raise awareness of solar energy in Mira Loma Middle School. Interviewed were Haberer, an assistant professor of Eelectrical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering in the Bourns College of Engineering, and Nohemi LaCombe, a biology student at UC Riverside. See Video

NSF Program Shines Light on Engineering Careers, Solar Energy

solar classElaine Haberer, an SC-RISE-affiliated faculty member, teamed with a education faculty colleague to bring the science of solar energy to Riverside's Mira Loma Middle School during February. The project, funded by the National Science Foundation, is designed to attract more students of underrepresented groups to engineering careers.Read More

Riverside Continues Its Support of Solar Initiative

green riversideRiverside Public Utilities (RPU) has made a $100,000 grant to SC-RISE, supporting the CE-CERT solar initiative for the second year. The City of Riverside has been recognized for its embrace of technology to improve city services and to promote sustainable living. Read More


Solar Road Map Under Development for Riverside Rooftops

sun faceDevelopment of a Solar Road Map for the City of Riverside is underway at the College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT). Conducted by the Center's Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy (SC-RISE), the Solar Road Map will evaluate the potential for photovoltaic (PV) electricity generation on city roof tops and other open spaces. Read More

SC-RISE Doctoral Researcher Joins Solar Materials Lab in Japan

tohoku solar labElectrical Engineering Graduate Student Researcher Miroslav Penchev from the laboratory of Professor Mihrimah Ozkan at UCR’s Bourns College of Engineering is the latest beneficiary of the SC-RISE collaboration with Tohoku University in Sendai City, Japan. Read More


Energy Researcher Ula Joins CE-CERT Solar Initiative

sadrul ulaSadrul Ula, formerly a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wyoming, has joined CE-CERT as a Project Scientist affiliated with the Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy (SC-RISE).



Solar Initiative Recognized as Diplomacy with Real Impact

sister citiesSC-RISE has been recognized as a leading example of international collaboration for sustainable energy by Sister Cities International. Read More



Sustainable Energy Opportunities, Options, and Realitiesbright horizons lecture series

charles wymanCharles Wyman, Ford Motor Company Chair in Environmental Engineering and biofuels researcher, evaluates the range of options using near-term technologies for sustainable energy. Video Page



Senior Projects Focus Solar Technology Solutions

undergraduate researchCE-CERT was also the scene of three solar energy senior projects this spring. The projects were tested at the Center with the potential for becoming examples of research demonstration projects under the Center’s Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy (SC-RISE). Read More



SC-RISE Expands Global Cooperation with South Korean Agreement

chungnam universityAn agreement between by UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. White and counterparts at South Korea's Chungnam National University in April opens the door to increased international collaboration in solar energy research. Read More



Why Solar is the Way to Sustainabilitybright horizons lecture series

valentine vullevBioengineering researcher Valentine I. Vullev argues that solar energy is our best hope for a sustainable energy supply and explains his work on molecular engineering to improve energy conversion. Video Page



Four Solar Projects Benefit from Lab Mentoring Program


high school mentoringSolar science fair projects from four Riverside high school students who worked at UCR labs will move on to compete in the Inland Area Science and Engineering Fair in April, having scored gold or silver medals in the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) competition held at UC Riverside. Read More


Advances and Future Directions in Solar Cells and Thermoelectricsbright horizons lecture series

nosang myungMechanical Engineering Professor Nosang Myung explains his own scientific advances and predicts the future development of solar cells and thermoelectrics.Video Page



Loan Program Boosts Solar Technology Through Collaboration

assembly bill 811Capturing an increasing share of the sun’s energy in Southern California was part of the message of a Feb. 9 conference at UCR to promote the benefits of Assembly Bill 811. Read More



Energy Storage Materials for Concentrating Solar Powerbright horizons lecture series

javier garayMechanical Engineering Professor Javier Garay explains how new materials and designs show potential for improving current methods of storing solar energy for use during night-time hours.. Video Page



Faculty Participating in SC-RISE Reaches 22

elaine habererElaine Haberer, assistant professor of electrical engineering, has joined the group of UCR faculty who are participating in SC-RISE at the Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT). Read More




New Materials Improve Collection of Photonsbright horizons lecture series

mihri ozkanMihri Ozkan, Professor of Electrical Engineering, outlines her work in nano-technology to improve the efficiency of inexpensive materials to produce Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells. Video Page


Educators Say Market Information Key to Green Workforce Development

solar power marketEducators from five areas colleges met at the College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) Wednesday to begin a discussion on how combined planning and cooperation might be the best way to approach the educational needs for solar/sustainable energy in the Inland Empire. Read More

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Riverside, CA 92521
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Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy
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Riverside, CA 92507

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