U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
SunShot Junior Fellow
SunShot CSP Program
Ed Hoegg enjoys being part of the fast-paced concentrated solar power (CSP) program within the SunShot Initiative, which is focused on reducing the costs of solar energy and promoting solar deployment. One area that Ed is excited to be researching is reducing the cost of CSP by incorporating thermal energy storage (TES) into the CSP portfolio.
"This technology has enormous long-term potential for dispatching CSP energy and increasing the hours in the day that solar power can be used," he says. "Additionally, the ability to continue my education in chemistry and its practical application in TES has been a rewarding experience."
While in college, Ed's senior thesis touched on organic photovoltaic cells, which piqued his curiosity and turned his career toward the solar energy field. After graduating, he was hired at Energetics, a DOE contractor. In late 2011, Energetics offered Ed a role in the SunShot Initiative—an opportunity into which he dived wholeheartedly. As a result, he was designated a SunShot Junior Fellow in July 2012. In this capacity, Ed is looking at chemical, thermodynamic, and economic challenges that need to be overcome in order to reduce the costs and to optimize sensible, latent, and thermochemical energy storage. He also works on reducing the soft costs of solar energy, and contributes to the development of the SunShot Prize.
Working on the SunShot initiative, Ed says, has broadened his knowledge and interest in the solar energy field, expanding his career possibilities. "The SunShot Initiative has enabled me to work with experts in the field of solar energy and to continue to learn from them, which has been an invaluable experience."
Ed graduated from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, with a bachelor's in chemistry for which he won several awards for his work inside and outside of the classroom. In his free time, Ed is a live sound and lighting engineer and continues to oversee a technical program at Washington College.