Todd Karin works in the Energy Technology Area at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He is an active collaborator in the DuraMat consortium, which aims to discover, develop, de-risk, and enable the rapid commercialization of improved materials, designs, and predictive tests and models for photovoltaic (PV) modules that increase performance, extend lifetimes, and enable new applications.
His current projects include:
- Studying the interaction between climate and PV degradation.
- Improving string sizing calculations using site-specific modeling: https://pvtools.lbl.gov/string-length-calculator
- Determining longevity of anti-reflection coatings on PV glass.
- Using PV power plant production data to determine specific degradation modes.
Prior to joining LBL, Dr. Karin developed fiber optic technology for monitoring the state-of-health of power transformers for grid applications. In his PhD, he investigated quantum optical properties of semiconductor defects and developed novel optical super-resolution microscopy methods. He has expertise in optical systems, semiconductor physics, quantum optics, and semiconductor devices.
Dr. Karin holds a Ph.D. in Physics from University of Washington and a B.A. in Physics from UC Berkeley. He received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a University of Washington Clean Energy Institute fellowship.