Richard Strömberg (he/his/él)
Graduate (Ph.D.) Student
Time with ACEP
- Climate and Environment
- Energy Efficiency
- Energy Equity and Justice
- Technical Assistance
- Reuse of Solar Photovoltaic Systems for Social and Ecological Benefit
Rich Strömberg draws on decades of experience in semiconductor manufacturing at Intel and Texas Instruments and solar and wind energy program management at Alaska Energy Authority.
He holds a B.S. in math and computer science, a B.A. in journalism, and a master’s degree in environmental management from Western Colorado University. He is currently a Ph.D. student pursuing an interdisciplinary degree in reuse of solar PV systems for social and ecological benefit — a pursuit that was born out of his work cofounding the social equity solar nonprofit Equitable Solar Solutions™.
As a key researcher on both technical and social factors related to reusing solar equipment, Strömberg is a member of IEC Task 82, PVQAT 15 and IEA-PVPS Task 13 on solar PV reuse. He is also a collaborator with Battelle Memorial Institute and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on the NSF-sponsored Securing critical material supply chains by enabling phOtovoltaic circuLARity (SOLAR). He is the current vice chair of the Photovoltaic Technical Division at the American Solar Energy Society.
Strömberg lives off-grid in a passively cooled/heated house that he designed and built. In addition to 2.3 kilowatts of solar PV modules and a small wind turbine, he has two small test arrays to study the long-term effects of PV module defect modes.