The University of California Advanced Solar Technologies Institute (UC Solar) is a multi-campus, multidisciplinary research institute made up of faculty from the University of California’s Merced, Berkeley, and Santa Barbara campuses. Headquartered at UC Merced, UC Solar creates technologies that make solar energy systems more efficient, more affordable, and the best choice for the people of California and the world. In addition, UC Solar educates and develops tomorrow’s solar energy leaders and entrepreneurs.
Initial UC Solar research areas include advancing the state-of-the-art in solar concentration (for photovoltaic and thermal systems), employing nanotechnology in both collector/concentrator and device structures, and developing new devices that capture usable energy in the UV portion of the solar spectrum.
Through collaboration with industry and other stakeholders, UC Solar researchers are challenged to create solar technologies that can be brought to the marketplace quickly. UC Solar researchers partner with industry participants through the UC Solar Industry Consortium, which attracts companies that design, produce, implement, manage and invest in solar technologies.