Monday, July 28, 2014

Federal Funding to Expand Solar Energy Research at UNC

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Basic Energy Sciences has granted $10.8 million in research funding to the Energy Frontier Research Center for Solar Fuels (EFRC) at UNC Chapel Hill. This award, part of a $100 million per year initiative from the Department of Energy, will be used for research to develop devices with earth-abundant materials that generate and store solar fuels for long durations at low cost. “We are delighted with the news of continued support by the Department of Energy for our leading edge research on a new approach to solar energy conversion and storage,” said Thomas J. Meyer, Arey Professor of Chemistry. The EFRC for Solar Fuels collaborates with researchers from the University of Florida, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Research Triangle Institute and receives strong institutional support from UNC. Read more »