Funding & Incentives
- Category: Funding & Incentives
30 Aug 2012
- Published on Thursday, 30 August 2012 09:04
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Following the announcement of the funding for improving concentrating solar power, the Department of Energy announced another round of investments for innovations that will lower the cost of photovoltaic and concentrating solar power technologies.
A total of more than $3.5 million in funding will be granted to five collaborative research teams – each ranging from $450,000 to $900,000 – from industry, the academe, and national laboratories to work together at the Department’s Scientific User Facilities for their developments.
“The past decade has seen explosive growth in the global solar energy market. American companies are helping to lead this dramatic progress – driving lower costs and introducing new, better performing technologies into the marketplace,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
Awardees were Sandia National Laboratories, Stanford University, Arizona State University, photovoltaic research and development company PLANT PV, and University of Colorado. The first three – with a combined $2.6 million in funding – will be focusing on new tool development, expanding the capability of each facility to conduct advanced solar energy research. The other two will be establishing research partnerships and carrying out research using existing tools at Energy Department Scientific User Facilities.
Sandia will be partnering with the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies in New Mexico to improve the efficiency of thin film photovoltaic materials, while Arizona State will use x-ray technologies at Argonne National Laboratory to address solar cell material performance. Stanford on the other hand will partner with SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to research inexpensive ways to print solar cells.
In addition, Berkeley, California-based PLANT PV will partner with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Molecular Foundry to develop 3D mapping tools for higher performing thin film solar material, while University of Colorado will use tools at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to research high-temperature inexpensive materials for concentrating solar power technologies.
The projects are also part of the department’s efforts to encourage collaboration among engineers and scientists, who are developing advanced solar power technologies and research teams using the tools and expertise of the Scientific User Facilities.
“By leveraging the skills and resources of private industry, universities and national laboratories, these projects will help rapidly apply fundamental scientific discoveries to existing product lines and projects, accelerating higher levels of performance and greater cost reductions across the industry,” the press release said.