A Glimpse of Solar
David Quispe created this two-part video series during the ASU QESST REU program in 2016. The project was created as part of a public engagement initiative led by ASU graduate student, Mathew Evans. David’s aim was to educate new solar energy scholars and the general public about Photovoltaics by touching on concepts related to how a specific type of cell (Heterojunction cell) works. Part I reviews fundamental concepts related to how solar cells work and what makes up a Heterojunction cell. Part II provides a general overview of the Transparent Conductive Oxide (TCO) research that is being done and what the possible effects are by implementing solar technology in our society. David returned to QESST in the summer of 2018 as a Beck Fellow to continue his research in Dr. Zachary Holman’s lab.
Learn more about David’s experience at QESST in these two articles:
Introduction to Photovoltaics
This five-part video series created by QESST REU participants. Rebecca Chavez, Stefen Mercado, Alyssa Graham, and Tien Ngo. These QESST scholars created the series as part of the public engagement initiative led by ASU graduate student Mat Evans.
- Introduction to photovoltaics (video 1)
- Texturing and Piranha (video 2)
- Doping (video 3)
- Anti-Reflective Coating, Front and Back Printing (video 4)
- Efficiency and Resistance (video 5)
All about Solar
Edward Lebeau created this video series for his ASU completed his honors thesis project with QESST in spring 2017 when he was an a Barrett Honors student in Electrical Engineering at ASU. Edward created an animated lecture series, aimed at a high-school/early college level audience. Having worked in the ASU Solar Power Lab during his sophomore year, Edward knows the complete cell process. The lecture series includes 10-minute videos recorded in a colloquial style appealing to a broad audience. Edward’s intention was to completely document the process of making silicon-based solar cells to help train students. The project was supported by Michael Goryll, Edward’s thesis director, as well as Stuart Bowden, Chris Honsberg, and Som Dahal who provided materials and assistance.
- Lecture 1: Introduction to the lecture series – Topics: Explains the Terawatt Challenge and the motivation behind the series)
- Lecture 2 Part 1: Operation of Silicon Solar Cells – Topics: operation, generation of band gaps, losses, lifetime, and IV curves of solar cells)
- Lecture 2 Part 2: Operation of Silicon Solar Cells Topics: open circuit voltage, contacts, resistance, and reflectance.
- Lecture 3 Part 1: Manufacturing – Topics: touches on physical aspects of a solar cell: wafer, emitter, ARC (anti-reflective coating), BSF (back surface field), front contacts, losses/balance
- Lecture 3 Part 2: Manufacturing – Topics: the manufacturing process from sand to cell: Making wafers, cleaning, texturing, diffusion, screen printing, firing
From Paradise to Capitol Hill
Watch Pablo Guimerá Coll’s talk, From Paradise to Capitol Hill! Pablo was selected to present at Ignite @ ASU Fall 2017:
2017 NSF ERC Perfect Pitch Contest Winner
Check out our very own QESST Scholar Sebastian Husein, with the Winner pitch of the 2017 NSF ERC Perfect Pitch Contest:
Hello, What’s that sound?
Hello, What’s that sound? Is a video created by QESST PI, Marianna Bertoni’s DEfECT lab for the 2016 Flame Challenge. A contest organized by the Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University to explain science to young people. Scientists submit short essays and videos based on a science question. Elementary student judges choose the best one related to a different theme each year.
Physics for Good
QESST Scholar, Allison Boley’s, YouTube series, Physics for Good https://www.facebook.com/physicsforgood/ – She Will be highlighting QESST in spring 2019.
Support Material, Outreach Activites
Find here videos to support some of the lessons on the Education website > Lesson Plans.