Texas A&M-Central Texas receives $1.5 million grant for solar research


Dr. Taylor Harvey will lead the university’s research team in solar technology.   Contributed photo

Texas A&M University-Central Texas was recently awarded a $1.5 million grant that it will use to bring an award-winning solar power researcher on board for the school’s collaborative solar research initiative.

The grant, received from the Texas A&M University System and the Chancellor’s Research Initiative (CRI), will allow Dr. Taylor Harvey, founder and chief technology officer at Lucelo Technologies, to lead the university’s research team in solar technology.

“This exciting initiative will give our campus community, faculty and students alike, access to the best of the best when it comes to research and teaching,” Texas A&M-Central Texas president Dr. Marc Nigliazzo said. “Dr. Harvey will provide the expertise and the vision to help us become a recognized center for solar technology research.”

Harvey, a chemical engineer, holds a Ph.D from the University of Texas where he is known for his work in developing ink-deposited solar cells. 

In his new role, Harvey will lead research in conjunction with Texas A&M University, Texas A&M’s Engineering Experiment Station and Central Texas College. The research will focus on transformational solar technologies and exploring how to reduce costs and provide better performance and installation for solar technology.

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