Via Greenbang.com :
- March 17, 2008 : U.S. Department of Energy to Invest up to $13.7 Million for Breakthrough Solar Energy Projects
11 projects were selected from universities across the country, and two of those projects involve the University of Toledo and local solar companies.
The schools receiving the funding include :
- Arizona State University
- California Institute of Technology
- Georgia Institute of Technology
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- North Carolina State University
- Pennsylvania State University
- University of Delaware Institute of Energy Conversion
- University of Delaware
- University of Florida
- University of Toledo with Calyxo USA
- University of Toledo with Xunlight
University of Toledo (Toledo, OH) with Xunlight: High-Rate Fabrication of a-Si-Based Thin-Film Solar Cells Using Large-area VHF PECVD. Reducing processing costs of amorphous silicon modules has proven difficult because increasing process throughput of conventional deposition processes results in lower device efficiency. This project aims to retain high efficiencies while fabricating high efficiency amorphous silicon and nanocrystalline silicon solar cells at high rates. The project will target 10% conversion efficiency for amorphous silicon/nano crystalline silicon (a-Si/nc-Si) solar cells. DOE will provide up to $1,442,266 for this approximately $1.9 million project.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that DOE will invest up to $13.7 million, over three years (Fiscal Years 2008 – 2010), for 11 university-led projects that will focus on developing advanced solar photovoltaic (PV) technology manufacturing processes and products. These projects are integral to President Bush’s Solar America Initiative, which aims to make solar energy cost-competitive with conventional forms of electricity by 2015.
Universities selected for these projects will leverage fundamental understanding of materials and PV devices to help industry partners advance manufacturing processes and products. These projects have the potential to significantly reduce the cost of electricity produced by PV from current levels of $0.18-$0.23 per Kilowatt hour (kWh) to $0.05 - $0.10 per kWh by 2015 – a price that is competitive in markets nationwide. Each university will work closely with an industry partner to ensure the projects retain a commercialization focus and that results are quickly transitioned into market ready-products and manufacturing processes. Additionally, students will be exposed to diverse PV-related commercialization efforts, enhancing workforce development in an effort to increase competitiveness and retain qualified scientists in the growing domestic PV research and development industry.Projects were selected in response to DOE’s June 20, 2007, Funding Opportunity Announcement – University Photovoltaic Process and Product Development Support - which seeks to strengthen university involvement in the rapidly growing PV industry. Negotiations between selected applicants and DOE will begin immediately to determine final project plans and funding levels. Funding is subject to appropriations from Congress.
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- University of Toledo selected to house the Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio
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- Toledo mentioned in Oct 8 issue of Newsweek
- Wall Street Journal article about Toledo area solar power companies
- Investing in UT solar energy company
- Advanced Distributed Generation - Toledo
- Buckeye Silicon - Toledo
- Calyxo USA - Perrysburg
- First Solar - Perrysburg
- Glasstech - Perrysburg
- Innovative Thin Films - Toledo
- Willard and Kelsey Solar Group - Perrysburg
- Xunlight - Toledo