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LightWorks®


LightWorks®


LightWorks®

Since its inception, LightWorks has provided solutions to the world’s most pressing global energy challenges through a simple idea; energy from sunlight. We discover and invent energy solutions to the world’s fuel, electric and social challenges.

Accelerating Sustainability Ideas into Action

The LightWorks® Innovation Accelerator provides connectivity between ASU assets and researchers + government agencies, NGOs and corporations to solve sustainability challenges. Expanding on “Light-Inspired Solutions” and clean energy innovations, the LightWorks® Innovation Accelerator explores solutions in a broad range of sectors including: The Carbon Economy, Food Systems, IoT, Green Finance, Sustainable Engineering, and Clean Water.

Our goal is to solve the world’s most pressing challenges by creating an ecosystem of innovative technologies through interdisciplinary and “out of the box, “design thinking.

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LightWorks News


From #COP23: Why does carbon pricing matter?

From #COP23: Why does carbon pricing matter?

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development and ASU LightWorks® believe that carbon pricing is one of the most efficient means of driving the transition to a low-carbon world. As an increasing number of jurisdictions have adopted – or are considering adopting – carbon pricing, a recent document by the WBCSD focuses on the “what” and...

Accelerating biomass technologies to create energy and materials

Accelerating biomass technologies to create energy and materials

By 2040, worldwide energy consumption is projected to increase 28% from 2015. Also, fossil fuels will still account for 77% of energy use, according to the International Energy Outlook Report 2017. Now is the time to foster innovation in the renewable energy supply chain to satisfy this ever-increasing demand. Biomass is one renewable energy source that is...

Climate Geoengineering: GeoE Live

Climate Geoengineering: GeoE Live

In September, ASU's PlanetWorks hosted Climate Geoengineering: GeoE Live (#GeoElive), a live-streamed workshop exploring the potential promise and perils of climate invention strategies. Organized in partnership with the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, the Institute on Science for Global Policy and ASU LightWorks, #GeoElive focused on a variety of climate change solutions, economics and policies. The half-day virtual...

LightWorks Focus Areas

Solar Electric

To achieve sustained growth of solar electricity, the Solar Electric group will increase contribution of solar energy generation, enable systems that are scalable to market and continue cost and performance improvements.


Energy and Society

The Energy and Society group of LightWorks aims to transition toward a sustainable energy future by employing social and humanistic sciences that address and promote policy and public engagement.


Sustainable Fuels and Products

Sustainable Fuels and Products is a coordinated, interdisciplinary network of researchers within LightWorks that addresses high impact opportunities to enable and advance the production of sustainable fuels and products to meet society’s grand energy challenges.

Using Light to Solve Societal Challenges

Through a simple idea: energy from sunlight. We discover and invent energy solutions to the world’s fuel, electric and social challenges.

ASU LightWorks® envisions a resilient and equitable energy future supported by innovations in technology, policy, law, and markets. We pursue breakthroughs not just to power the world, but to empower it; to enrich people’s lives everywhere; to enlighten communities across the globe; to achieve energy security; to secure energy justice, and to inspire future generations.

LightWorks® pulls light-inspired research at Arizona State University under one strategic framework. It is a multidisciplinary effort to leverage ASU’s unique strengths, particularly in solar-electric energy, sustainable fuels and products, and energy and society.