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Come hear UC Solar Director Roland Winston at noon Wednesday, June 16

The University of California Advanced Solar Technologies Institute (UC Solar)
Roland Winston
Professor, School of Natural Sciences & School of Engineering
Director, UC Merced Energy Research Institute
Wednesday, June 16 from noon to 1:00 PM
Franklin Room 11326

As the world’s hunger for energy grows and fossil fuel supplies become less certain, the need to develop alternative renewable energy sources is paramount – and the most abundant source of renewable energy is the sun. However, current technology used to convert sunlight into electricity is still relatively costly for wide-scale use. The solution? Find ways to make solar energy more efficient and cheaper to utilize.

Researchers at the University of California, Merced, and its sister campuses in Berkeley and Santa Barbara, are attempting to do just that at the University of California Advanced Solar Technologies Institute (UC Solar). UC Solar will serve as a multi-campus, cross-disciplinary research platform for a variety of solar energy projects, from the development of novel photovoltaic devices, to thermal energy for cooling buildings.

Come join the Office of Research and Graduate Studies for a talk by UC Merced professor and UC Solar Director Roland Winston. Dr. Winston is a founding faculty member and a presidential endowed chair in the schools of Engineering and Natural Sciences. Winston invented the field of non-imaging optics, and has received numerous awards for his research in this area and its applications to the solar energy field.

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