An illuminating past, a bright future

Founded in 1972, the University of Delaware’s Institute of Energy Conversion is believed to be the oldest continuously operating solar research institute in the world.
But we’re not standing still: As solar technology is maturing, our research focus is changing and diversifying.

IEC’s broad scope of research and solar technologies spans the fields of physics, chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and more.

With more than 40 years of hands-on experience with photovoltaics, the IEC has long been a go-to research and development resource.

Our outstanding talent, facilities and labs, and vast array of equipment allows for sophisticated research into thin-film solar cell and related engineering topics.

A dedicated team of professionals leads the IEC, bringing their expertise to bear on state-of-the-science academic research and development.