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Silverman does solar R&D and strategic analysis. His R&D work is about photovoltaic modules and systems, including lab and field performance characterization; failure analysis and accelerated testing; computer simulation of field and accelerated degradation; and diagnostic imaging. His work covers mainstream photovoltaic (PV) technologies, like crystalline silicon and cadmium telluride, and emerging technologies like perovskite PV. For an example, see the NREL Breaks Solar Panels (So Yours Won't) video.

Silverman won the government's highest early-career award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, for uncovering the ways in which some shadows can damage solar panels. His strategic analysis has informeds all aspects of the R&D portfolio of the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technologies Office between 2020 and 2021, and the former Advanced Manufacturing Office (now split into the Advanced Materials & Manufacturing Technologies Office and Industrial Efficiency & Decarbonization Office).

Dr. Silverman has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Arizona State University and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked on NREL's photovoltaics field performance and reliability team since 2011.


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