The development of a process for recycling solar panels is profitable and makes the technology a truly renewable energy source.
Professor Meng Tao’s current research covers a wide range of topics in terawatt solar photovoltaics including, 1) earth-abundant semiconducting chalcogenides and transparent conducting oxides for thin-film photovoltaics, 2) substitution of silver electrode in silicon solar cells with low-cost earth-abundant aluminum, 3) energy-efficient electrorefining for solar-grade silicon directly from metallurgical-grade silicon, 4) value-added recycling of silicon solar cells and modules and 5) solar-powered electrolysis for solar electricity storage with a metal/metal oxide loop.
He joined Arizona State University’s School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering in 2011 as a professor of electrical engineering, and now heads the Laboratory for Terawatt Photovoltaics. Tao also played a critical role in the establishment of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium under SEMATECH.
Total projects: 4
Designing an electrolyzer application for a load-managing system will lead to a new, more efficient power transfer system for solar panels.
Using electrolyzers as the loads within a load-managing photovoltaic system will help produce sustainable hydrogen efficiently and economically.
Developing a process to recycle spent solar modules that have dropped below desired efficiency will reduce waste.