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Collaborating to complement expertise and reduce each other's risk

Power Assure wanted to develop its data center software‐as‐a‐service (SaaS) virtualization offerings to enable both greater energy savings and greater quality‐of‐service for customers.

 

Incubating cleantech venture to accelerate time to market

2009

Realizing that solar electricity would be widely adopted if it were cost-competitive with fossil fuel-derived electricity, the entrepreneurs behind SolFocus had developed a promising CPV approach -- in their garage -- and were working to advance their technology.

2014

CoEx for Structured Battery Electrodes

20 February 2014

PARC offers a proven co-extrusion priting technique, CoEx, that can enhance both the energy and power densities of batteries.  A cost-effective way to manufacture structured electrodes, this technique can be applied to both cathodes and anodes for most mature batter chemistries.

Printed Integral Batteries

19 February 2014

PARC offers a novel co-extrusion printing technique that enables the printing of a full-thickness battery cathode, anode, and separator in a signle pass to dramatically improve battery performance and reduce production costs.

Very High Specific Power III-IV Solar Cells in a Rugged, Flexible, Low-Cost "Solar Blanket"

19 February 2014

PARC, together with Triton Systems and PV Scientific, is developing a flexible solar blanket based on micro-optic solar concentrators and high efficiency III-V solar cells.  This combination offers the best possible tradeoff among cost, weight, flexibility and efficiency.

Adaptive Current-Collector Electrochemical Systems (ACES)

19 February 2014

PARC is developing an intrinsically safe battery architecture for high-assurance military applications.  Utilizing thin film electronic components, the flow of current is controlled locally so that the battery's output stays within safe limits at all times.

Threat-Adaptive Installation Energy Management

19 February 2014

PARC is developing advanced energy management technologies capable of co-optimizing mission-critical energy needs with the economic value of energy assets

SENSOR: embedded fiber-optic sensing systems for improved battery management

Advanced Automotive Battery Conference 2014

3 February 2014

2013

A decade of organic/polymeric photovoltaic research

to be published in Advanced Materials

2013

2012

A maximum-power-point-tracking control system for thermoelectric generators

The 3rd International Symposium on Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems (PEDG 2012)

25 June 2012

Acoustic power recovery system for thermoacoustic cooling

To be presented at TechConnect World 2012

18 June 2012

Formation of very low resistance contact for silicon photovoltaic cells

38th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC)

3 June 2012

CO2 extraction from seawater using bipolar membrane electrodialysis

Energy & Environmental Science

February 2012

System and methodology for rapid evaluation of geothermal rock-fluid interactions associated with CO2-EGS

Stanford Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering

30 January 2012

Adaptive Energy Management

1 January 2012

At PARC, we have developed a suite of resource and energy management technology aimed at strategic consolidation of resources with no loss of performance. 

Data Center Optimization

1 January 2012

Recent trends in data center technology have created unprecedented new flexibility in data center configuration and operation, and yet there is still a substantial amount of wasted capacity and wasted energy in current data centers. 

2011

Novel metallization approaches with very low specific contact resistance for crystalline silicon solar cells

26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition

5 September 2011

Charge transport and recombination in organic solar cells

SPIE Optics and Photonics 2011

21 August 2011

Band tails and polarons in organic solar cells

Organic Microelectronics & Optoelectronics Workshop VII

20 July 2011

Large area a-Si/Si nanowire hybrid solar cells

Nanotech Conference and Expo 2011

13 June 2011

Developments in MEMS scale printable alkaline and Li-ion technology

SPIE DSS - Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications III Conference

25 April 2011

Coordinating regulation and demand response in electric power grids using multirate model predictive control

IEEE PES Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies

17 January 2011

2010

Solar energy in California - can policies and new technologies change the energy mix?

International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro–Optics (ICALEO)

27 September 2010

Determination of recombination mechanisms in organic solar cells

IEEE 35th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference

21 June 2010

Solar In California

CLEO 2010 Market Focus

18 May 2010

Carbon-Neutral Liquid Fuel

1 March 2010

PARC is developing a commercially viable approach to making carbon- neutral liquid fuel from sunlight and seawater that has the potential to be cost-effective, scalable, efficient, and, most important, realizable within the existing fuel infrastructure.

Fast Demand Response

1 February 2010

The increasing costs and environmental impact of electric power generation are changing the way we view power consumption. It is now far more important for customer loads to be flexible and effective in their power use and to better match their consumption to the availability and quality of power on the grid. These fundamental shifts in the electric power landscape are leading to tremendous business opportunities.

2009

Extending the supply of alcohol fuels for energy security and carbon reduction

SAE Powertrains, Fuels, and Lubricants Conference

2 November 2009

Carbon-neutral liquid fuel from sunlight, air, and water

Gordon Research Conference on Renewable Energy: Solar Fuels

1 February 2009

2007

Recent developments in optics for concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems (Invited talk)

Frontiers in Optics 2007, Optical Society of America Annual Meeting

17 September 2007

2006

Progress in the development of modular reflective concentrators for large scale deployment

High and Low Concentration for Solar Electric Applications

1 September 2006

Solar concentrators

Technical summary

7 February 2006

2005

Energy-efficient, application-Aware medium access for sensor networks

Proceedings of IEEE MASS 2005: 2nd IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-Hoc and Sensor Systems

7 November 2005

Technology Advances in Delivering Cost-Competitive Solar Energy

1 February 2005

This paper describes a particular high-performance CPV solution which compared to average flat-plate PV, uses 1/500th as much PV material and produces nearly twice as much electricity for a given collection area. The proposed solution is also smaller, cheaper, and easier to manufacture. These improvements enable generating electricity at less than half the cost possible with existing flat-plate technologies, potentially opening large new markets for clean solar energy.