This work is developing novel photovoltaic devices with intrinsically integrated lithium ion batteries. Solar PV panels have the issue of unreliability due to its intermittency nature. Electric utilities have imposed PV power ramp rate regulations to make the electric grid secure. This demands use of energy storage.
Traditional approaches for operation of solar panels and storage as two independent units is rather expensive, inflexible, requires bigger space and suffers electric wire losses. The objective of this research is to develop integrated solar cells as solar harvester and Li-ion battery as storage, which can be simple, efficient and cost effective. Two PhD and two MS students are working on this project. This research is currently funded by NASA.
Contact: Dr. Qiquan Qiao