Research Areas


Module Design, Fabrication & Prototyping

All capabilities required to turn cells into mount-ready modules. Support for:

  • Novel encapsulants
  • Edge sealants
  • Back sheets
  • Solar glass
  • New form factors

Building Integrated PV (BIPV)

  • Design and testing of building integration approaches
  • Development and testing of unconventional mounting approaches to residential PV
  • Assessment of building integration on module performance
  • Assessment of building integration on building energy dynamics

Module and Material Characterization

  • EL and IR imaging
  • Precision flash testing
  • Angle of incidence performance
  • Energy yield testing
  • Failure analysis
  • Polymer Science and Engineering

Accelerated Aging and Testing

New test methods to simulate rigorous operating conditions:

  • Humidity effects
  • Temperature effects
  • Mechanical stresses

Outdoor Exposure and Performance Testing

  • Long-term
  • grid-connected and off-grid
  • testing in northeast and southwest climates.

Quality Analysis

  • Durability and degradation
  • Compliance with rated characteristics
  • Energy output


Cordula Schmid, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Photovoltaic Technologies
Office +1 (617) 714-6515