Educational Resources

Hands-On Activities

See our Outreach page for descriptions of hands-on activities developed by our group and other researchers in the solar / electrochemical energy conversion fields.

Online References

Interested in learning more about solar and (photo)electrochemical energy conversion?  Here are some excellent resources to get you started:

Solar Articles and Resources

  • PVCDROM, a freely-available  online textbook on solar photovoltaic technology. This textbook and the associated animations and calculators are a great resource for both beginners and more experienced solar researchers.
  • The History of Solar Energy” – Put together by the US Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), this time line lists major developments in solar technology.
  • Reference Solar Spectral Irradiance. This site is hosted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and allows you to download reference solar spectra (e.g. Air Mass 1.5G spectrum) that are commonly used to model the performance of solar cell materials.
  • Solar simulator tools on NanoHub. This National Science Foundation (NSF)-sponsored website hosts a number of simulator tools relating to solar energy conversion, including tools for simulating the performance of solar panels, analyzing current-voltage curves for solar cells, and predicting the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE). The software used for these simulators is all hosted on the Hub, so you shouldn’t need to download any software onto your computer.
  • Read about the Solar Impulse 2 and its flight around the world using nothing but solar energy.

Photoelectrochemistry / Solar Fuels Articles and Resources

  i.) “Methods for comparing the performance of energy-conversion systems for use in solar fuels and solar electricity generation”
ii.) “Interfacial band-edge energetics for solar fuels production”
iii.) “Particle suspension reactors and materials for solar-driven water splitting”
iv.) “Methods of photoelectrode characterization with high spatial and temporal resolution”
v.) “Experimental demonstrations of spontaneous, solar-driven photoelectrochemical water splitting”

Electrochemistry Articles and Resources