Seminar: Michael Woodhouse

An overview of the current global solar market, and technology innovations that may enable more economically compelling solutions

Dr. Michael Woodhouse
Strategic Energy Analysis Center
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Thursday, November 13, 2014 @ 3:30 p.m.
Wrigley Hall, room 481


For many, it seems compelling that Photovoltaics can provide such valuable contributions to the dual challenges of carbon mitigation and overall energy security. But, in addition to the grid-integration challenges associated with its intermittent nature, there are also a number of economic barriers that must still be overcome before there can be energy-significant Terawatts adoption levels. Primary among these economic barriers is that, in most cases, PV is still a relatively expensive choice for power generation. In this seminar, Dr. Woodhouse will highlight the recent trends in PV module and system prices, and will show how those trends are helping to make the economic barriers less daunting. He will also highlight some of the challenges that remain and will discuss several innovations that are being pursued globally to address them.


Michael Woodhouse received his PhD in physical chemistry and materials science from Colorado State University. For his dissertation he developed a methodology to rapidly produce combinatorial libraries of novel metal oxide semiconductors using inkjet printing. The materials were then screened and optimized for hydrogen production from water and sunlight. After graduate school he served as a postdoc at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), where his primary research focus was on the development of new materials and architectures for organic-based solar cells. Prior to graduate school he was a high school Physics and Chemistry teacher for several years.
Mike is currently a member of NREL’s Strategic Energy Analysis Center, where his analysis activities are focused on the technical and economic considerations of solar energy harvesting and storage, as well as the integration of such systems into the global energy infrastructure.

More Information

For information about this seminar or to make an appointment with Dr. Woodhouse, please contact:
Rebecca Davis
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287