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USU Project Among Finalists For $3 Million Solar Energy Tech Prize

A team of USU researchers is getting some national attention for a project that could give electric vehicle batteries a second life as solar energy storage.

The team from USU’s Utah Power Electronics Lab includes professors Hongjie Wang and Regan Zane as well as doctoral students Marium Rasheed and Mohamed Kamel. Working with Maryland-based research firm Dream Team, the researchers are developing technology that could adapt batteries retired from electrical vehicles for storing solar energy.


“That would solve two problems,” said Wang, the project’s principal investigator. “One is how to handle the retired batteries from electrical vehicles. And the second one is to reduce the solar energy storage cost.” Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.