U.S. Department of Energy

    Scientists Outline "Revolutionary" Solar Research Areas

    August 12, 2005

    DOE's Office of Science released a report on August 12th outlining 13 potential research areas that could lead to "revolutionary progress in bringing solar energy to its full potential in the energy marketplace." The report is a result of a workshop earlier this year during which 200 scientists from the United States, Europe, and Asia convened to identify the most promising directions for solar research. Research in the recommended areas might result in molecular machines that turn sunlight into chemical fuel; smart materials that transfer captured solar energy with no energy loss; solar energy conversion devices that repair themselves; and more. See the DOE press release or download the full report (PDF 6.5 MB). Download Adobe Reader.