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Jacob Cordell uses techno-economic analysis to investigate photovoltaic (PV) systems as a postdoctoral researcher. In this role, he builds bottom-up cost models to understand the financial and performance trade-offs of device design for tandem PV. The bottom-up approach involves contacting industrial partners for up-to-date cost data for precursors and equipment and fitting these with models to understand the cost per watt of new and developing system designs. In addition to costs, techno-economic analysis also conveys the potential social and environmental costs of new technologies. Jacob’s background lies in materials modeling for understanding the role of ion ordering of semiconducting materials used for PV and solid-state lighting. He has experience growing thin films for PV, characterizing the optical properties of thin films, and assembling concentrating PV modules for outdoor testing.

Research Interests

Techno-economic analysis of photovoltaic systems

Semiconductor materials modeling

Professional Experience

Postdoctoral Researcher, NREL (2023)

Graduate Researcher, Colorado School of Mines, NREL (2018–2022)

Visiting Scientist/DAAD Fellow, Fraunhofer ISE (2017-2018)

Teaching Assistant, Pennsylvania State University (2017)

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Intern, NREL (2016–2017)

Education/Academic Qualification

PhD, Materials Science, Colorado School of Mines

Bachelor, Materials Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

Bachelor, German, Pennsylvania State University


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