Energy & Renewable Energy Systems

Arizona’s citizens are well positioned to receive energy from solar and wind, but challenged with increasing water scarcity. The University of Arizona is well positioned to pioneer alternative energy, energy/water (energy/food) technologies and systems, and new approaches to energy policy.  This will help provide resilient, low-cost, low-carbon energy solutions.

UArizona provides cutting-edge research opportunities, cross-campus collaborations, and innovative partnerships that promote fresh ideas, technologies and effective solutions concerning energy systems. We promote the integration of renewable energy into the local and regional power grid through the Power Forecasting Group and energy storage research initiatives; develop novel materials for energy conversion, energy-efficient water use and intelligent building technologies; support regional testing and facilities; and study the societal and economic impacts of these advancements. Through partnerships, UArizona expands its breadth of social, scientific, economic and engineering capabilities to transfer knowledge from the laboratory to the field.


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Solar panels in a desert field
Tom Fisk (Pexels)

Research Spotlights in Energy & Renewable Energy Systems

Neal Armstrong

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Armstrong’s research aims to improve scalability and lower the cost of energy conversion and light platforms through better understanding and control of composition, structure and energetics of the interfaces between electrical contacts and active layers for light emission.

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Kim Ogden

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Ogden’s research focuses on bioreactor design for production of alternative fuels from algae and sweet sorghum.

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Roger Angel

Astronomy and Optical Sciences

Angel’s research team is developing concentrating photovoltaic systems for solar energy, using mirror modules that convert sunlight into electricity with twice the efficiency of conventional modules with silicon cells.

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Greg Barron-Gafford

School of Geography and Development & School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Barron-Gafford is developing agrivoltaic systems that co-locate agriculture and photovoltaic arrays to support the production of ecosystem services such as crop production, local climate regulation, water conservation and renewable energy production.

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