Young Professionals - Solar Electricity: How We Got Here and Where We’re Going


Installation of solar photovoltaic modules has been increasing at phenomenal rates, 30-60% annually for a decade in the US and abroad. It is the fastest growing new generation source. One in fifty jobs created in the US in 2016 were in the solar industry.  The talk will give an overview of the cell and systems technology that has gotten us here along with the national policies that enabled unleashing this energy. Issues for the next 2 decades will be considerably different due to constraints from grid integration. The roles of module efficiency, reliability, and cost will be discussed as they impact the levelized cost of energy. Finally, integrating solar with energy storage and smart grid innovation will be crucial to providing a low carbon energy future.

  Date and Time




  • Start time: 13 Mar 2017 06:00 PM
  • End time: 14 Mar 2017 08:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) EST
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  • 2001 Market Street
  • Suite 600
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • United States 19103
  • Building: 2 Commerce Square
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Dr. Steven Hegedus of Institute of Energy Conversion, University of Delaware


Solar Electricity - How We Got Here and Where We’re Going


Dr. Steven Hegedus has been involved in solar cell research for over 35 years. He received a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1977, a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Cornell, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Delaware (UD) in 1990. In 1982, he joined the research staff of the Institute of Energy Conversion (IEC) at UD.   He is currently a Senior Scientist and has been PI on several contracts with Department of Energy and private industry projects. He also consults within the PV industry.

At IEC, he has worked on all of the commercially active solar cell technologies – amorphous Si, CdTe, Cu(InGa)Se2, organic, and crystalline Si. His current work is on high efficiency Si solar cell processing and he is exploring application of microgrids to increase the contribution of solar on the grid.  Dr. Hegedus has been an author of over 100 papers in the field of solar cell device analysis, processing, reliability and measurements. 

He co-edited the 1st and 2nd editions of the "Handbook of Photovoltaic Science and Engineering" (Wiley 2003, 2011). Prof. Hegedus has taught a graduate class at UD in “Solar Electric Technology and Applications” for over 15 years and has advised over ten graduate students. Dr Hegedus has a secondary appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department. He was the first resident of his town to install a rooftop PV system.


Address:210 South College Ave, University of Delaware, Newark, United States, 19103


6:00p-6:15p: Sign In

6:15p-7:00p: Presentation

7:00p-8:00p: Networking/Happy Hour