Over the Horizon: The Department of Energy and the Future of Solar Technologies
Garrett Nilsen (U'05), U.S. Department of Energy
Solar technologies are evolving quickly, from cells and modules to system-level innovations and storage. In the next decade, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office expects to see this rapid technology development continued, reaching the energy market and beyond (such as solar desalination). The office funds early-stage technology research with an eye towards what technologies will help to keep the U.S. solar industry on the leading edge. Garrett Nilsen, Technology to Market Program Manager and Active Soft Costs Program Manager in the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) at the Department of Energy, will discuss his career since leaving Union College (class of 2005), the Department of Energy and SETO’s role in technology development and the future of solar energy technology in the United States.