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Kelsey Horowitz

Researcher III-Systems Engineering | 303-275-4347

Kelsey A. W. Horowitz is a member of the Techno Economic Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Areas of Expertise

Techno-economic analysis
Clean energy technologies
Solar PV engineering and fundamentals
International issues in manufacturing

Research Interests

Technologies, processes, business approaches, and policies to drive clean energy technology cost reductions
Global dynamics around manufacturing and adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency
Transferring innovative technologies to market


M.S. in electrical engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, 2014
B.S./M.S. in electrical engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO, 2011

Featured Publications

Horowitz, Kelsey A.W., Ran Fu, Xingshu Sun, Tim Silverman, Mike Woodhouse and Muhammad Alam. 2017. An analysis of the Cost and Performance of Photovoltaic Systems as a Function of Module Area. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-67006.

Sanjini U. Nanayakkara, Kelsey Horowitz, Anna Kanevcu, Michael Woodhouse, and Paul Basore. 2017. Evaluating the economic viability of CdTe/CIS and CIGS/CIS tandem photovoltaic modules. Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications. Online ISSN: 1099-159X.

Horowitz, Kelsey A.W., Ran Fu, and Michael Woodhouse. "An analysis of glass–glass CIGS manufacturing costs." Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 154 (September 2016): 1–10. doi:10.1016/j.solmat.2016.04.029

Jones-Albertus, Rebecca, David Feldman, Ran Fu, Kelsey Horowitz, and Michael Woodhouse. 2016. "Technology advances needed for photovoltaics to achieve widespread grid price parity." Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. doi:10.1002/pip.2755

Horowitz, Kelsey A.W. and Michael Woodhouse. "Cost and potential of monolithic CIGS photovoltaic modules." Presented at 2015 IEEE 42nd Photovoltaic Specialist Conference (PVSC), New Orleans, LA, June 2015. NREL/CP-6A20-64360

Horowitz, Kelsey A.W., M. Woodhouse, H. Lee, and G.P. Smestad. "A bottom-up cost analysis of a high concentration PV module." Presented at 11th International Conference on Concentrator Photovoltaic Systems: CPV-11, Aix-les-Bains, France, April 2015. AIP Conf. Proc. 1679 (100001). doi:10.1063/1.4931548

Powell, D.M., R. Fu, K. Horowitz, P.A. Basore, M. Woodhouse, and T. Buonassisi. 2015. "The capital intensity of photovoltaics manufacturing: barrier to scale and opportunity for innovation." Energy Environment Science, published online September 2015. doi:10.1039/C5EE01509J

Philipps, S.P., A.W. Bett, K. Horowitz, and S. Kurtz. 2015. Current Status of Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) Technology. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-63196.

Horowitz, K., M. Woodhouse, H. Lee, and G. Smestad. 2015. A Bottom-Up Cost Analysis of a High Concentration PV Module (Presentation). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/PR-6A20-63947.

Full list of Kelsey Horowitz publications (NREL).