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Research Taking a Shot at Improving Solar Energy

The US Department of Energy logo for the SunShot Initiative.SunShot might sound like the next wave of NASA missions, or perhaps even the latest weapon of a James Bond villain, but it’s a US Department of Energy research initiative that holds the potential to reshape the way we think about, gather, and use solar energy.

The SunShot National Laboratory Multiyear Partnership recently awarded a $2.3 million, thirty-six-month project to UT’s College of Engineering and its collaborators.

“There is great potential in the United States to better make use of solar power possibilities,” said Yong Liu, research assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science at UT. “Our study will look at problems inherent to current photovoltaic power generation, its effect on the U.S. power grid frequency stability, and how to mitigate its effect in order to avoid large blackouts.”

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