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Posted: January 21, 2010
Semprius Selected for $3 Million U.S. Department of Energy Subcontract to Scale Up Innovative Solar Energy Technology
(Nanowerk News) Semprius, Inc., announced today that it has been selected by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to negotiate a $3 million subcontract funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to commercialize its promising solar energy technology. Semprius is one of only four awardees for NREL’s PV Technology Incubator Program, which aims to accelerate commercialization of solar photovoltaic systems.
The award recognizes Semprius’ proprietary solar technology as one of the most promising and innovative approaches to making solar energy economically viable. Based near Research Triangle Park, the North Carolina company is commercializing novel Solar Module Arrays based on its patented micro-transfer printing technology.
Semprius Solar Module Arrays offer the benefits of low installed cost and high capacity factor which, combined, enable very low energy costs in sunny, dry climates. Their high efficiency, scalable design makes them applicable to a wide range of projects from distributed commercial and industrial to large scale utility installations.
“Semprius will use the subcontract to develop and then demonstrate our solar technology at the pilot plant scale. This is a critical next step on our path to full-scale manufacturing,” said Joe Carr, Semprius President and CEO. “We are honored to be selected from among the many submissions.”
Carr will give a presentation on the Semprius PV Module Array at the PHOTON 2nd PV Startup Conference, Feb 3, in San Francisco.
Semprius, Inc. is commercializing Solar Module Arrays based on patented micro-transfer printing, a highly efficient process for depositing high performance semiconductors onto any substrate, including glass, plastic and other materials. In addition to Solar Arrays, Semprius is licensing the technology for use in other applications such as LCD and OLED displays, MEMS and advanced disk drives.