Articles and Excerpts

The New York Times
How US Tariffs Will Hurt the U.S. Solar Industry

Varun Sivaram, Jan 24, 2018, Print, P. A27

​President Trump's action will slow down the deployment of clean energy, discourage investments in innovation and destroy jobs.

The Washington Post
Solar Energy is at Risk
Varun Sivaram, April 16, 2018

Foreign Policy
Can't Stop the Shining
Varun Sivaram, March 1, 2018

Solar power is the world’s most promising clean energy solution, but governments must abandon outdated policies for it to succeed.

MIT Technology Review
The Race to Invent the Artificial Leaf

Varun Sivaram, March 2018 Print Issue

In this excerpt from his new book Taming the Sun, Varun Sivaram follows the research paths of two rival scientists determined to find a way to wring fuel out of thin air.

IEEE Spectrum
Reinventing Solar, or How to Keep the Solar Power Revolution from Stagnating
Varun Sivaram
(Forthcoming, Spring 2018)

Breakthrough Journal
A Tale of Two Technologies: What Nuclear's Past Might Tell Us About Solar's Future

Varun Sivaram, Winter 2018, Print

In this excerpt from his new book, Taming the Sun, Varun Sivaram argues that the world would be wise to keep the nuclear industry’s experience in mind as it tries to bridge the gap between solar’s promise tomorrow and its limits today.

Q&A with Varun Sivaram, Author of Taming the Sun
(Forthcoming, April 2018)

The Dark Side of Solar
Varun Sivaram

The Times of India
Solar Energy Needs Innovation to Realize Its Potential

Varun Sivaram, Feb 6, 2018

India is among the most ambitious countries in the world when it comes to harnessing solar energy. So Indian policymakers should urgently prepare for the future by promoting the innovations solar needs to continue rising, argues Varun Sivaram, drawing on his new book, Taming the Sun​.

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