Colnatec wins DOE grant for sensor technology for solar cell production
Jul 20, 2011 - US sensors and electronic tools maker Colnatec LLC has received a grant of USD 450,000 (EUR 317,000) from the US Department of Energy (DOE) for a sensor technology capable of bolstering solar cell conversion efficiency.
The company is developing a self-cleaning, process control sensor for the making of thin-film copper indium gallium (di)selenide (CIGS) solar cells.
The grant will allow Colnatec to build and deliver first generation prototypes to thin-film solar cell and flexible lighting makers, it said in a statement on Tuesday. The funding represents a phase II grant under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programme. The company received its first grant for the project in 2010.
A number of federal departments take part in the SBIR programme. It has funds of up to USD 2.1 billion for awarding to small businesses for innovative technology research and development projects.