I research solar engineering, economics, and energy science using tools of system dynamics modeling, technoeconomic analysis, and stakeholder engaged design to explore questions of photovoltaic power generation, and solar ecology (solarecology.psu.edu). I develop ground monitoring technologies for solar irradiance to better inform my modeling for system performance. My work with community-led solar is an example of real-world stakeholder engagement, facilitating workshops to guide decision making, systems design, and policy planning.
My scholarly work has contributed to the National Association of Engineering’s Grand Challenge (USA): “Making Solar Energy Economical,” including 37 peer reviewed publications, 28 non-refereed/conference publications, 2 patents, 1 book chapter: System Integrated Photovoltaics (SIPV), (Routledge; 2012), and a 16-chapter textbook: Solar Energy Conversion Systems, (Academic Press; 2013). Speaking invitations at 25 events among civic, academic, and research audiences have been opportunities to share the potential for solar in jobs, education, and global industry growth. Locations include venues across the USA, Burkina Faso (Keynote Speaker, AfricaSolar 2015), China, Germany, Mexico, and the UAE. As conference chair, I also contributed the closing plenary for the 44th Meeting of the American Solar Energy Society (2015).