Prepare for the annual site visit

The 2018 Site Visit is from May 8 to May 10. Help us prepare by submitting an RSVP today if you are attending.

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A group of three people talk about the 2011 Site Visit.
Engineering Research Center

QESST was established in 2011 as an NSF-DOE funded Engineering Research Center.

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Electricity is the lifeblood of modern society.

Powering everything from cities to pacemakers, our electricity generating system faces challenges. These include harmful environmental impacts, threats to national security, resource supply problems, difficulties in powering autonomous applications, and over a quarter of the world’s population without access to electricity. These all indicate the need for a new electricity generation system.

QESST Scholars and faculty install a solar PV system in Monument Valley, Navajo Tribal Park
QESST student that attended Solar Cell 101 places a cell to be screen-printed. This machine automatically applies the top fingers and buss bars.

Addressing the challenges one at a time.

QEEST addresses these challenges by supporting a system of photovoltaic science and innovation—a system that breaks away from the waste and inefficiencies of unsustainable fossil fuels and generates power using our favorite sustainable and unlimited resource: the Sun.

We're kind of a big deal.

The Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (QESST) lab is an Engineering Research Center. QESST is an Engineering Research Center (ERC) sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that focuses on advancing photovoltaic science, technology, and education in order to address one of society’s greatest challenges: sustainably transforming electricity generation to meet the growing demand for energy.

Students in the courtyard, preparing a solar expiriment.

Recent Posts

Recapping a Successful Summer for REUs and RETs!

QESST’s REU and RET programs were highlighted recently in ASU news! The REU program was mentioned along with other ASU ERC programs on the university’s news publication, Full Circle. Check out the article to see some pictures highlighting QESST’s wonderful REU students. This summer’s RETs were also acknowledged in a separate article for bringing the […]

Save the Date! Solar 101 Workshop for Teachers

Calling all 3rd-12th grade science and pre-service teachers! Free! Earn 4 hours of professional development led by teachers for teachers on “Solar 101” Light the Way to a Brighter Future by Re-Energizing and Re-Engineering STEM Learning in Your Classroom A solar energy workshop for teachers sponsored by QESST, an NSF/DOE-sponsored Engineering Research Center, and the […]

Scholars invited to Professional Development Seminar Series

All QESST Scholars are invited to the first panel of  “Excelling Beyond the Lab: A Professional Development Seminar Series” for MSE Graduate Students will take place TODAY sept. 14. Title: “The many career paths for MSE-PhD’s ” Description: You might be surprised by all the career options available to STEM PhD’s. Why not start thinking […]

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