Materials science’s Roger French discusses new solar research center

Case Western Reserve University opens a solar research center, links with a global network

The Plain Dealer: The recently launched Solar Durability and Lifetime Extension Center aims to extend the durability and performance of the materials and technologies built into solar panels. “What we are seeing is that energy is a big topic,” said Roger French, a professor of materials science and director of the center. “They (materials and products) are a large investment. And if you can’t be comfortable with how long they will last, you will have a major hesitation about whether you should buy it.”