Howard Branz, Ph.D., a principal scientist with NREL's National Center for Photovoltaics, and a nationally and internationally renowned scientist with achievements in physics, materials science, and device engineering related to renewable energy. Branz has led NREL's amorphous silicon photovoltaic development for more than 5 years and all of NREL's silicon research. Primary research interests include film crystal silicon photovoltaics; defects, metastability, and diffusion in semiconductors; amorphous semiconductors; mechanisms of film and epitaxial silicon growth; and nanostructured black silicon antireflection.
Dr. Carl Koval, RASEI’s founding Associate Director for Research and was instrumental in developing RASEI from a concept (EI) to a university initiative in renewable energy.
Carl served as CHEM Department Chair from 1998-2001. Beginning in 2006, he has played several key roles in the development of the Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory, including serving as Institutional Coordinator for the Boulder Campus and on the Project Management Team for the Center for Revolutionary Solar Photoconversion (CRSP). In 2006 through a Campus-wide search process, he was chosen to be the first Faculty Director of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Initiative (EI) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In June 2009 he accomplished the key objective of the EI when the CU Regents approved the creation of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI).
Pat Moriarty, Ph.D., a senior engineer at NREL's National Wind Technology Center, where he spends most of his time researching statistical loads extrapolation techniques for wind turbine design. He has developed new design techniques that enable industry to more reliably predict loads and produce cheaper designs. This work is included in the IEC International design standard 61400-1, edition 3, published in 2004. Moriarty continues to research wind turbine design and aeroacoustics of wind turbines. He is also involved in the development and continuing improvement of empirical codes for noise prediction and has developed and helped improve current aerodynamic prediction routines used in wind turbine simulation programs. He is the associate editor of the Journal of Solar Energy Engineering. Prior to joining NREL, Moriarty spent nearly two years at RANN, Inc. examining active control of wind turbines under subcontract from NREL. He also worked at NASA Ames Research Center and has collaborated with Boeing, Florida State University, and NASA Langley Research Center. He helped start the Center for Research and Education in Wind (CREW) and has been an instructor in wind energy at CU-Boulder since 2006.
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