Mexico I-Week

The Tecnológico de Monterrey came to the QESST for a two day intensive session on the use and operation of photovoltaic devices.The majority of the students were enrolled in the Architecture schools at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico and were exposed to the more engineering side of photovoltaics. The students each fabricated a solar cell module and then used the module in outdoor testing. As photovoltaics is an international technology the Solar Power Labs was pleased to be able to host the Mexican students and looks forward to further collaborations in the future.

Over the course of two days, QESST faculty and Scholars taught twenty-one architectural undergraduates and two faculty members how to design their own Photovoltaic Module. Undergraduate students from the Tecnologico de Monterrey worked with sixteen QESST scholars during a two-day workshop hosted by the Solar Power Lab in Tempe, Arizona. Beginning with an interest, but very little knowledge about solar energy the Tecnologico de Monterrey students ended the workshop having built and tested their own silicon cell modules. In addition to mastering the processes needed to build and test a module, each student had an opportunity to explore every aspect of a photovoltaic system, at the level of individual cell performance to solar installation design.

A large cadre of QESST Scholars, faculty and staff were required to provide this intense two- day workshop. Director Honsberg provided an introduction to photovoltaics for the novice students, Dr. Harvey Bryan from the Design School at ASU discussed the influence of utility costs, location of solar panels, usage amounts based on demographics, as well as aesthetics of solar installation design. Dr. Mariana Bertoni bought all of the information home, ensuring students left with confidence in their new knowledge and a passion for photovoltaic design.