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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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.

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Dr. Augusto presenting at EPE, March 2019
Guest talk at the Energy Research Office, Brazil

Dr. André Augusto, a Research Scientist working at Solar Power Laboratory at Arizona State University/QESST  delivered recently an invited talk to energy experts from The Energy Research Office in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The discussion focus was the future of commercial photovoltaic technology and how silicon-based solar cells are grasping new markets by delivering thinner solar cells. […]

Join the Career Fair!

This February 1st, Join QESST, CBBG, and NEWT ERCs at the Virtual Career Fair for Engineering and Sustainability. Register now and find job, internship and post doc opportunities with leading companies in the industry!

Apply for a summer REU/RET today!

Applications are now being accepted for the summer 2019 REU and RET programs. Applications will close after March 1st.