School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Professor Kurt Barth

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Professor in Photovoltaics

Kurt L. Barth is the Professor in Photovoltaics at the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST). His research focuses on thin film photovoltaics, module manufacturing and reliability. 

Dr. Barth has over 20 years of experience with CdTe materials and has directed research programs advancing group II-VI device structure, processing, materials science, characterization and manufacturing. He has guided research programs totalling the equivalent of over £20M. Recent programs include understanding the role of Se, Mg and Cl and group V doping in CdTe-based polycrystalline thin film devices. This research has achieved the world record device efficiency among all national laboratories or universities for this device.

As founder and Board member of the CdTe solar photovoltaic manufacturer, Abound Solar, he developed the initial business plan, obtained major equity financing (eventually totalling over $300M) and provided leadership for company growth. As VP of Product Development, Mr. Barth, drove the product from conceptualization through deployment and achieved IEC and UL certifications in one of the shortest times in the industry. Kurt L. Barth is currently the President and Founder of Direct Solar LLC., which provides expertise in solar construction and technoeconomic analysis.

From 2012 to 2021 Dr. Barth was a director in the US National Science Foundation supported Next Generation PV Center. He has made significant scientific contributions to the thin film solar research field. By establishing the Advanced Module Laboratory at Colorado State University, he drove the developed of new module architectures, encapsulation methods, analysis techniques and manufacturing processes to streamline module production and characterization. He is a frequent invited speaker on thin film PV manufacturing and reliability topics.

Athena Swan Bronze award

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