Solar Expert to Discuss Solar Industry Challenges, Opportunities

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Professor Meng Tao

Meng Tao, a professor of electrical engineering for the Laboratory for Terawatt Photovoltaics at Arizona State University, will kick off NAU’s spring Engineering Seminar Series with a free public lecture at 4 p.m. on Friday, February 14, in the Engineering Building, Room 101.

Professor Tao will discuss the practical challenges of meeting global energy demands through the use of solar panels, including energy and raw-material limitations in manufacturing current solar panels.

He argues that without significant technological breakthroughs, the current panel technologies combined could only meet one to two percent of global energy demands in 2100. Tao will discuss several directions in research and development to move toward a sustainable solar industry.

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