Photovoltaics, policy, and late stage capitalism

Photovoltaics, policy, and late stage capitalism

Collin Stecker is a researcher exploring next generation solar materials for solar panels. He is currently studying a class of materials called perovskites, a rising star in the world of photovoltaics that could challenge silicon’s market dominance.

In this episode we get a quick primer on photovoltaics, a history of solar panels, and a deep-dive into perovskite technology. We then look at the interplay of solar science and climate policy, including some case studies involving pricing strategy and reclaiming the power grid, and discuss the fundamental tensions between capital and climate.

If you’d like to find out more about Collin's group's efforts to support the global energy demand, visit groups.oist.jp/emssu.


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