Dr. Brian Raichle


  • Ph.D., Physics, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 1996

  • B.S., Physics, West Chester University, West Chester, PA, 1989

Research Interests: 

  • Grid Interactive Renewable Energy Systems

  • Photovoltaic Self-Consumption

  • Remote Monitoring

  • Diverse Applications of Instrumentation

Courses Taught: 

  • TEC 3610: Computer Applications for Renewable Energy Systems

  • TEC 3612: Instrumentation for Renewable Energy Systems

  • TEC 5270: Advanced Computer Modeling of Renewable Energy Systems

Recent Theses: 

  • Lauer, C. (2020) Minimizing Grid Interactions with a Residential Self-Consumption System that Includes PV and Battery Storage
  • Sprau, Z.  (2017) Self-Consumption PV System Effects on Residential Grid Imports and Exports

  • O’Brien, R. (2017) Identification of Optimal Sites for Maximum Productivity from Utility-Scale Hybrid PV/Wind Systems

  • Sjostrand, J. (2017) Empirical Analysis of Short-Term Variability from Utility-Scale Solar Farms in North Carolina

  • Franco, P. (2016) Optimization of Self-Consumption for a PV System with Battery Storage and Load Management

  • Edge, C. (2016) Efficacy of the Fenton Reaction for Degrading Allura Red Azo Dye: Applications for Use in Hair Salon Greywater Treatment Systems

  • Painting, B. (2016) Modeling Energy Savings of Glazed and Unglazed Collectors Used for Space Heating, Water Heating, and Space Cooling

  • Burkett, L. (2015) Reduction in Thermal Resistance of Residential Wall Assemblies Based on Size and Distribution of Voids in Three Types of Insulation


  • Sabry, M.S. & Raichle, B.W. (2014) Characteristics of Residential Tracker Accuracy in Quantified Direct Beam Irradiance and Global Horizontal Irradiance. Journal of Technology Innovations in Renewable Energy. 3, 44 – 57.
  • Bandala, E.R. & Raichle, B.W. (2013). Solar driven advanced oxidation processes for water decontamination and disinfection. In N. Enteria & A. Akbarzadeh (ed.), Solar Energy Sciences and Engineering Applications (pp. 395 – 412). Leiden: CRC Press/Balkema.
  • Yu, O.-Y., Raichle, B.W., & Sink, S.R. (2013). Impact of Biochar on the Water Holding Capacity of Loamy Sand Soil. International Journal of Energy and Environmental Engineering. 4:44.
  • Raichle, B.W., Sinclair, R.S. & Ferrell, J.C. (2012). Design and construction of a direct hydro powered coffee depulper. Energy for Sustainable Design, 16, 401-405.
  • Raichle, B.W. & Carson, W.R. (2009). Wind resource assessment of the southern Appalachian ridges in the southeastern United States. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 13, 1104 - 1110.


      State Farm Solar Lab


Title: ST Program Coordinator, Professor
Department: Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6351

Office address
Katherine Harper Hall