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FOCUS Project Team - Gas Technology Institute's Double-Reflector Hybrid Solar Energy System

Dr. Aleksandr Kozlov (PI) is a Senior Research Engineer at the Gas Technology Institute (GTI). Dr. Kozlov has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Kazan Aviation Institute, Russia and ScD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Kazan State Technical University, Russia. He has over 30 years’ experience in heat transfer, hydrodynamics, thermodynamics, combustion, and rocket engines research and teaching, and has been a PI for a number of  projects and programs related to various processes in industries such as aerospace, steel, power, automotive, paper, etc. Dr. Kozlov has over 130 publications, including 4 books and has been a recipient of a number of awards and recognition. He is a winner of the 2002 NATO Science Partnership Prize (2002), the National Prize for Outstanding Russian Scientists (2000), the Royal Society (UK’s National Academy of Science) Fellowship (1998), and the National Prize for Outstanding Russian Scientists (1997).

Dr. Roland Winston (Co-PI) is a Distinguished Professor and founding faculty member in the schools of Natural Science and Engineering at University of California at Merced (UC-Merced) and also Director of its Advanced Solar Technologies Institute.  Dr. Winston's research and teaching focuses on concentrating solar energy systems and applied nonimaging optics. The concepts developed and the devices invented by Dr. Winston have formed the core of a new technology which carries the promise of making solar energy a truly viable energy source for society.  Devices to which Winston's name has become attached include the CPC itself, which is sometimes known as a "Winston solar collector" and "Winston cones", the individual parabolic elements that make up a CPC.  Practical applications can be found in photovoltaics, natural lighting of buildings, water heating, space heating and cooling, desalinization, cooking and in the collection of solar UV radiation for the photo-catalytic treatment of contaminated wastewater. Nonimaging optics proved to be an important tool in several other areas including astrophysics, elementary particle physics, infrared physics and vision research.  He has had over 200 articles published in scientific journals and over 60 patents.

Dr. Eli Yablonovitch (Co-PI) is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at University of California at Berkeley (UC-Berkeley), and Director of the NSF Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (E3S), a multi-University Center based at Berkeley. He is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and is a Foreign Member of the Royal Society of London. In his photovoltaic research, he introduced the 4(n squared) light-trapping factor that is in worldwide use for almost all commercial solar panels. This factor increased the theoretical limits and practical efficiency of solar cells. 4n2 is based on statistical mechanics, and is sometimes called the “Yablonovitch Limit”. His ideas are used in almost all semiconductor lasers concept, including DVD players, red laser pointers, and internet telecommunications. Dr. Yablonovitch is regarded as a Father of the Photonic BandGap concept. He is regarded as a Father of the Photonic BandGap concept.

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