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research centerSC-RISE: The Research Component

Faculty at the Bourns College of Engineering have already developed considerable expertise in multiple directions that are part of the leading edge of research in pushing down the cost and pushing up the efficiency of solar energy collection.

Another key strength of the College is its commitment to materials research. xx faculty as well as CNAS has led to the funding of the $56 million Materials Science and Engineering Building now under construction. New materials with unprecedented capabilities to collect, conduct, store and distribute the sun's energy will be among the breakthroughs needed to make a truly sustainable renewable energy future.

hynol demo plantSolar energy research is under way at universities, national laboratories, and innovative companies around the world. UCR is engaged in solar energy research from the device scale (that is, the fundamental materials and configurations to move a single electron) to integration (for example, a solar-boosted electric vehicle as described earlier). In collaboration with partners around the world, we will continue our work to advance the state of fundamental technology in solar energy, specifically in greater efficiency and lower cost. We will work with our partners to accelerate promising technologies toward commercialization – the member-based framework of SC-RISE will be well-suited to this. And we will collaborate with colleagues around the country and around the world to share knowledge, educate students, and provide needed improvements in solar energy.

Our five-year goal for SC-RISE is to have a facility with at least one megawatt of installed solar panels, producing electricity and providing a testbed for training, demonstration, and research. In addition, we are currently in dissolar thermal labcussions with a start-up company, Terrafore, Inc., in the initial designs of an intermediate-scale solar thermal plant. With both of these systems, we will be able to integrate new technologies (e.g., new materials, sun-tracking technology, concentrators) and accurately measure the effects on electricity output. We also will be able to measure the effects of heat, dust, pollution, moisture, and time on PV panel and/or concentrator output.

Additionally, SC-RISE will have comprehensive and easily accessible databases and library resources available through this web site in English and possibly other languages. SC-RISE will be recognized as a trusted resource for training, evaluation, assessment, and new ideas in solar energy.

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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

College Information

Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy
1084 Columbia Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507

Tel: (951) 781-5652
Fax: (951) 781-5790