Steven Hegedus :: Research :: ECE :: UD

Steven Hegedus, Professor

Steven Hegedus

Office: DUP 311

Phone: 302-831-6253



Research Interests

Dr. Hegedus has been involved in solar photovoltaic (PV) research and applications for over 35 years. In 1982, he joined the research staff of the Institute of Energy Conversion (IEC) at University of Delaware (UD). As of 2018 he has a split appointment as a Continuing Track Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and a Senior Scientist at IEC.

His research has encompassed all of the commercially active solar cell technologies (both amorphous and crystalline Si, CdTe, Cu(InGa)Se2) supported by both Department of Energy and industry funding. This included studies of device processing, device characterization, and accelerated stability. He is currently working on high efficiency heterojunction Si solar cell fabrication using laser patterning and PV-driven generation of solar fuels. He is also exploring the application of microgrids and smart inverters to increase the contribution of solar on the grid while also increasing grid stability. He has taught a ECE graduate class in “Solar Electric Technology and Applications” for over 15 years and has advised over 15 ECE graduate students.

He co-edited the 1st and 2nd editions of the "Handbook of Photovoltaic Science and Engineering" (Wiley and Sons 2003, 2011). Dr. Hegedus serves on the Delaware State Renewable Energy Task Force and was the first resident of Newark DE to install a rooftop PV system. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.

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