Next Energy awarded $2.5 million from DOE to commercialize transparent solar cells
Post date: 15/07/2017 - 18:21
US solar company Next Energy Technologies Inc. was selected to receive $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Sunshot Initiative. According to the company, Next’s soluble small molecule (SSM) organic photovoltaic (OPV) technology »is expected to enable widespread adoption in commercial buildings by being the first solar technology to meet customer needs for building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) windows.« The goal of Next’s project is to accelerate transition of a lab-made, commercially relevant prototype to a fully developed prototype whose initial reliability and certification testing has been passed and is ready to begin pilot manufacturing.
Next was selected as a part of the Sunshot Initiative's Technology to Market 3 funding program. As reported, last week the DOE announced $46.2 million for 48 projects. The projects span the programs »Photovoltaics Research and Development 2« (PVRD2), which will advance research in solar photovoltaic technology, and Technology to Market 3 (T2M3), which supports early-stage solar technology research.