More PV R&D projects win SunShot funding

New Hampshire-based Amber Wave Inc. and Bandgap Engineering, of Massachusetts each secured $1 million backing for cell-focused projects.

Amber Wave is attempting to combine its ultra-thin monocrystalline and flexible steel carrier technology – which uses 90% less silicon than traditional wafer-based PV – with the 25% efficiency cells being developed at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Bandgap is attempting to incorporate its nanowire-coated cells and wafers – which it claims improve efficiencies by 10% – into the standard cell manufacturing process.

Enki Technology, of San Jose, California, secured $1.5m of SunShot funding to develop a low-cost anti-reflective, anti-soiling coating and a fellow California company, Seeo, has been given $317,000 towards optimizing its solid state batteries for use with solar systems.

Philadelphia-based Infinite Invention LLC was given $386,000 for its Solar Socket, which streamlines the installation process at the point between an electric meter and the meter case.

Princeton Power Systems’ inverter for supplying a consistent solar supply and grid support through its algorithms, earned the New Jersey company $1 million and Qado Energy Inc., also of New Jersey, secured $500,000 for its decision support platform, which provides utilities and distributed generation developers with a tool for assessing the technical impacts and commercial opportunities of adding distributed energy resources to the grid.