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Fiscal Year: 2014

2075  The University of Texas at San Antonio  (23635)

Principal Investigator: Krishnaswami, Hariharan

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 372,135

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): Yes

Start and End Dates: 9/30/13 <> 9/30/16

Restricted Research: YES


Department, Center, School, or Institute: Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute  

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: DISTINCT: Diversity In Solar Talent through INnovative Curriculum and Training

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: Department of Energy

Program Title: none
CFDA Linked: Renewable Energy Research and Development


The education and workforce development plan proposed in this project will prepare a diverse solar workforce by providing unique education, research and networking opportunities that will not only meet the solar industry workforce needs, but also contribute towards America’s global preeminence in the new energy economy. The solar research focuses on novel system-level architecture for utility-scale solar that has the advantages of modular electronics with integrated compact high-frequency transformer and monitoring, forecasting and reconfigurable functionalities. The plan builds on our team’s unique position as leaders of solar research and education in the city of San Antonio, one of the nation’s leading solar cities with more than 450MW of utility-scale solar online and under contract. We build on our successes in establishing partnerships and research agreements with CPS Energy, the nation’s largest municipally-owned energy utility in San Antonio, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and a number of private solar companies. Our research approach strives to reduce the Power Electronics and BOS costs through innovative high power-density compact electronics and modular construction to realize SunShot cost targets. Our approach also increases the value of solar electricity through smart integration of functionalities that address solar resource variability due to widespread deployment of solar.

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