Personal Profile

Dirk Jordan has been with NREL since 2009. His research interest at NREL encompasses the long-term performance of photovoltaic modules and systems: how photovoltaic modules degrade over many years in the field can significantly impact overall project economics, and detailing the underlying mechanisms of degradation can improve future products and assist in lifetime testing. He holds two patents and has about a hundred publications. 

Research Interests

Evaluation of outdoor module performance data

Analysis of module performance data to quantify module degradation rates.

Statistical analysis of reported degradation rates of PV modules.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining NREL, he worked at Motorola for 8 years on the research, development, and commercialization of diverse technologies such as III-V electronics, high-k dielectrics, and carbon nanotube-based displays. In 2005, he became a Black Belt in Six Sigma, which is a data-driven methodology to improve processes, reduce defects, and improve quality. 

Education/Academic Qualification

Master, Physics, Arizona State University

PhD, Physics, Arizona State University

Bachelor, Physics, Heidelberg University of Education


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