UO lab helps solar companies


A photovoltaic solar lab at the University of Oregon has $1 million of equipment available to researchers and high-tech companies.

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A photovoltaic solar lab at the University of Oregon has $1 million of equipment available to researchers and high-tech companies.

Lorry Lokey Laboratories is an “open lab” available to researchers from other universities as well as a growing number of technology companies.

SuNRISE is short for Support Network for Research and Innovation in Solar Energy. The lab’s mission is “to advance the science and technology of photovoltaics,” said Mark Lonergan, UO chemistry professor and the PV lab’s co-director.

Interest is growing in solar as a renewable energy source and as a potential economic engine for Oregon, and the PV lab fits in with those trends. At least half a dozen companies are working with the lab, from start-ups, such as Grape Solar in Eugene, to giant multinationals, such as Sony, which maintains its only basic research lab in the United States at the Lorry Lokey Labs.

Read more at The Register-Guard.

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