Our researchers focus on advancing the widespread use the most abundant form of renewable energy, solar energy. We work on inventing, implementing, and evaluating devices and methods for the incorporation of solar energy directly into societal needs. 

A main research area is the synthesis of fuels, chemicals, and materials from low-value feedstock, such as carbon dioxide and methane, through the direct use of solar energy via photo-electrochemical, photo-thermochemical, or plasma-chemical methods. Another key research areas are the analysis of the performance and durability of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, PV system prototyping, and building-integrated PV applications. Our research is supported by funding from industry partners and government agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), and the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

    • In the Re-Engineered Energy Laboratory (REng|Lab) led by Juan Pablo Trelles researchers re-engineer the use of direct use of renewable energy towards sustainable processes. A special focus of the REng|Lab is the utilization of solar radiation and renewable electricity for chemical synthesis.
    • Jan Kosny and Cordula Schmid led the Building Physics, Sustainability, and Energy Research (BPSER) which focuses on research and development of novel sustainable technologies and evaluating/adopting innovative approaches to enhance building energy performance and minimize the environmental footprint of the building and construction sectors. Our research is transforming building sustainability, energy usage, and durability characteristics, through a novel building science approach, material engineering, and technology integration. In addition to mitigation of environmental impact, our research goals are the enhancement of resiliency, efficiency, and affordability of buildings and building integrated renewable energy systems across the United States and worldwide.
    • HEROES is a unique interdisciplinary research and development partnership that brings together complementary expertise, intellectual assets, and research expertise from UMass Lowell and U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center (DEVCOM SC) to enable the U.S. Warfighter.
    • The goals of the Fabric Discovery Center are to drive innovation in functional fabrics, boost economic competitiveness and create more high paying jobs in the region. Available to startups, small businesses and large companies, the 28,000 square foot, two and a half floor research center located in a renovated mill building at 110 Canal Street in Lowell inspires creativity and innovation. You'll find high-tech equipment, a Fashion Makerspace, the New England Robotics Validation and Experimentation Center and UMass Lowell research expertise.
    • The Ryan Research Lab works in various interdisciplinary areas and includes research on catalytic Hydrogen production for fuel-celled electric vehicles.
    • At the BUREK Lab (Building Resilience through Knowledge) led by Jasmina Burek, Ph.D., students work on interdisciplinary projects and apply engineering, life cycle assessment (LCA), and decision-making models to find solutions to climate change and environmental problems, including those related to wind energy.
    • The Energy & Combustion Research Laboratory (ECRL) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is focused on developing solutions to the energy problems facing our world. Under the direction of Prof. John Hunter Mack, they are exploring a variety of topics ranging from alternative fuels, novel thermodynamic cycles, and combustion-assisted material synthesis.

Solar Energy News