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About Solar Energy Production

Solar Cells to Solar Power

Interested in learning more? The University of Virginia offers a wealth of opportunities to learn about and gain experience with solar technology. The following classes, extracurricular activities, and research opportunities are a great place to start.


Student Organizations and Extracurriculars

  • Solar Car Team

    The Solar Car Team at the University of the Virginia allows for students to work together to design, construct, test, race, and exhibit solar cars. Students on the team gain hands-on experience with solar technology. All majors are welcome.

    The team is structured in three branches:

    1. The Mechanical Branch is in charge of building the exterior and interior body of the car, as well as the steering and breaking mechanisms.
    2. The Electrical Branch is in charge of designing the electrical components of the car.
    3. The Business Branch curates internal and external team logistics.

Research Opportunities

  • Mool C. Gupta Group

    Research focuses include high power laser application for solar cell manufacturers, thermal solar, thermophotovoltaics, quantum dots based solar concentrators, and more. The lab is supported by National Science Foundation funds, and is headed by Langley Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Lasers and Plasmas at the University of Virginia, Dr. Mool C. Gupta.

  • Choi Laboratory

    The Choi Laboratory experiments with the fabrication of optoelectronic devices, exploring relationship between the structure and physical properties of semiconductor nanomaterials with the goal of bringing about advances in the technological applications of these devices. The group is headed by Dr. Joshua J. Choi, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia.

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