Home >


A Solar Border (instead of a wall) with Mexico will benefit both countries:

Fthenakis discussing Life Cycle Analysis and Electricity from Sunlight in the "Climate Action: Solutions for a Changing Planet" seminar series:

Adam Atia, a CLCA student researching solar energy-enabled water desalination, did most of the work that won the U.S.-Israel Integrated Design Challenge, June 2017.

Rebecca Trojanowski, a part-time CLCA student and full-time engineer at Brookhaven National Laboratory, received the "Best Young Researcher Award: Biomass" at this year's World Sustainable Energy Days in Wels, Austria. April 3, 2017.

Tackling clean and affordable water desalinaton on a global scale

Solar panel turns raindrops into power: Fox News

Professor Fthenakis, Columbia University, is one of the founding members of the Global Desalination Alliance -H2O without CO2 launched during COP21, Paris, December 2015.

Forthcoming Energies-Special LCA issue, Authors invited

Where is Solar Power Headed? State of Planet, Earth Institute, July 21, 2015

A Grand Solar Plan for Chile Fthenakis and Palma keynote presentations at Columbia Global Center, Santiago, Chile, Jan. 2015.

2nd International Workshop on Lithium, Industrial Minerals and Energy, Antofagasta, Chile

Professor Vasilis Fthenakis chaired and moderated the 3rd International Conference on PV Module Recycling by PV Cycle, Rome, March 2013. The interview at the Conference can be viewed here.

In-depth discussion about Energy Return on Investment of Renewable and Fossil Fuel Life Cycles by Dr. Marco Raugei

Columbia university engineering students Bring Power in Weak of Hurricane Sundy

How solar power saved Thanksgiving

Engineers aid Rockaway hurricane victims with solar power

Clean and Green, "Best Practices in Photovoltaics", report and summary.

"New book-3rd Generation Photovoltaics", by Vasilis Fthenakis.

The Solar Grand Plan attracts interest in Germany Spektrum (attached file) Spiegel. 

"Solar Panel Much More Economical", Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, translated by Rob van der Meulen.

"Greener Green Energy: Today's Solar Cells Give More Than They Take", by Patrick Barry, Science News.

"Solar Energy Firms Leave Waste Behind in China", by Ariana Eunjung Cha, The Washington Post .

In the cover story of Scientific American "A grand plan for solar energy"  Fthenakis and colleagues Zweibel and Mason, show how solar energy can satisfy all the energy needs of the United States.

"A Solar Grand Plan", by Ken Zweibel, James Mason and Vasilis Fthenakis

Professor Fthenakis is quoted in Scientific American, Environmental Science & Technology and IEEE Spectrum, for current research on  Life Cycle Analysis on Photovoltaics.

Peer Review of major published studies on the Environmental Profile of Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) Photovoltaic (PV) Systems took place in Berlin in August 2005. The review was organized by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and was moderated by the German Ministry of the Environment (BMU). Summary Report

Department of Energy Honors Brookhaven Lab Scientist Vasilis Fthenakis for Photovoltaic Environmental Research UPTON, NY – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has honored Brookhaven National Laboratory scientist Vasilis Fthenakis with a Certificate of Appreciation “for superior technical, management and communications skills exhibited in photovoltaic environmental research and in effective dissemination of research results.” More

Keynote 436th Brookhaven Lecture: 'A Grand Solar Plan: How Solar Power Can Cut Greenhouse Gases & End U.S. Dependence on Foreign Oil', April 21, 2008.

Keynote 407th Brookhaven Lecture: “Photovoltaics and the Environment”, Sept 21, 2005.

Department of Energy Honors Brookhaven Lab and Columbia University Scientist Vasilis Fthenakis for Photovoltaic Environmental Research, 2006.

Brookhaven Lab Engineer Elected Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2002.