Circumnavigators Club Foundation grant

Steven Limpert, an undergraduate working at the Solar Power Laboratory, was recently awarded a Circumnavigators Club Foundation grant to study the development and commercialization of solar energy technologies in nations throughout the world during the summer of 2011.

The Circumnavigators Club Foundation awards travel-study grants in the amount of $9,000 to four undergraduate students in their junior year of study in the United States each year. The grant is to be used to circumnavigate the globe visiting at least five countries and three continents while conducting a research study of the recipient’s own design. In giving the grant, the Circumnavigators Club Foundation hopes to foster improved international relations through the development of friendship and understanding.

 Steven will be using the grant to visit a wide range of solar energy technology commercial application sites and research institutions in Spain, Germany, India, Bangladesh, Japan and Australia. In each country, he will be meeting with policy makers, business people and academic researches to discuss their work in the area of solar energy technology and their nation’s relationship with solar energy technologies.

When Steven returns from his travels, he will be composing a comparative case study containing information regarding the solar energy technology policies, businesses and research pursuits in the nations which he will have visited.

 “The fact that solar powered electricity is highly desirable but comparatively expensive has put government policymakers in a difficult position and there is no precedent for the industry’s responses to some of the recent subsidy cutbacks and policy changes that have been made. I am very excited about the prospect of studying the solar energy technology industry and its relationship to a variety of different government subsidy programs throughout the world.”