Jeffrey Brownson

Jeffrey R. S. Brownson

Phone: 
814-863-8571
Office Address: 
315 Walker Building
Title: 
Director, Solar Ecology Program – EMS Energy Institute
Affiliate Faculty in Geography
Unit: 
Department of Geography
Expertise: 
  • Solar resource measurement and risk assessment
  • Community solar integration
  • System-scale transient energy simulations
  • System Integrative Photovoltaics (SIPV): design for building integration
  • Environmental technology: Sustainable materials design
  • Thin film materials synthesis for photovoltaic devices
  • Transdisciplinary investigations of solar energy conversion systems
  • Sustainability in energy systems planning and integrative design
  • Geographical Information Science (GIS) for simulation & solar resource assessment

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).