Far more solar radiation reaches Earth each day than is required to power all of humankind's needs, but there are several barriers to wide-scale deployable solar power. The two greatest challenges are the efficient capture of solar energy and the conversion of this energy into practically transportable, readily storable, and useful forms.
ND Energy focuses on the development of new functional materials engineered at the nanoscale to capture solar radiation, interfaced to materials that can use that energy to drive useful chemical reactions. In particular, ND Energy builds on institutional strengths to develop leading technology in highly efficient and tailored light-harvesting structures and highly efficient and selective catalytic processes for converting fuels.
Solar Photovoltaics, Solar to Fuels/Chemicals, Energy Conversion Efficiencies