Dr. Peter Kozodoy (Glint Photonics, Inc)
Microscale Liquid Manipulation for Solar Concentrators
May 15, 2014
from 04:15 PM to 05:15 PM
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Microscale liquid manipulation offers a powerful set of tools for configurable optical devices, enabling new types of functional systems. At Glint Photonics, we are pursuing a variety of novel technologies based on these materials. This talk will primarily describe our work on liquid optics for solar concentrators. Concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems use lenses or mirrors to concentrate sunlight onto small high-efficiency photovoltaic cells. This approach can offer higher efficiency and lower cost than conventional flat solar panels, but these advantages are largely offset by the requirement in such systems for precision mechanical devices to track the motion of the sun. These trackers add cost and complexity to the CPV systems and limit their installation options. We propose a new CPV system architecture that uses integrated microscale liquid optics for solar tracking, in place of external mechanical devices. This approach can dramatically reduce the cost of CPV while broadening installation options, potentially providing a compelling cost advantage over more conventional solar power technologies.
Biography - Dr. Peter Kozodoy is the founder and CEO of Glint Photonics, Inc., a startup company pursuing novel optical devices. He has wide-ranging experience in technical research, product development, and science and technology policy, including twenty years of experience in research and development of devices based on advanced materials. Dr. Kozodoy has successfully commercialized products at two startup companies: blue- and white-emitting LEDs for energy-efficient lighting at WiTech (later acquired by Cree, Inc.), and tunable lasers for advanced telecommunications systems at Agility Communications (acquired by JDS Uniphase). He holds a B.S. in Physics from Yale University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author or co-author of 70 scientific publications and four patents.