Founder & Director
Photovoltaic Reliability Laboratory at Arizona State University
Dr. Mani is the founder and director of Photovoltaic Reliability Laboratory at Arizona State University located in Mesa, Arizona, United States (ASU-PRL; PVreliability.asu.edu). Dr. Mani was the former director of ASU Photovoltaic Testing Laboratory (ASU-PTL) located in Mesa, Arizona, the former president of TUV Rheinland PTL (TUV-PTL) located in Tempe, Arizona and the current president of SolarPTL located in Tempe, Arizona (SolarPTL.com). ASU-PRL’s mission is the lifetime prediction of solar PV modules whereas ASU-PTL/TUV-PTL/SolarPTL’s mission is the certification testing of solar PV modules and related PV system components. ASU-PRL is a multi-million-dollar research laboratory and has supported more than 100 graduate research students and staff over the years. ASU-PTL was the first accredited PV certification lab in the United States and the second such lab in the world. Dr. Mani has published more than 140 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences, and delivered more than 150 presentations around the world. As a professor at ASU, he spearheaded the creation of “Alternative Energy Technology” program in 2003 and was the recipient of “Top 5% Teaching Award in 2016-2017” from the Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. He obtained his PhD degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and his postdoctoral trainings in France and Canada.
Tuesday, September 24
8:40 AM – 9:25 AM