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1366 Technologies signs solar deal with DoE

1366 Technologies has been awarded a cost-shared, 18-month subcontract with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the US Department of Energy (DoE) for scaling solar cell production.

The total potential funding from the DoE under the Solar America Initiative (SAI) is up to $3.0 million for the project Self-Aligned Cell: Scaling up manufacture of a cost effective cell architecture for multi-crystalline silicon photovoltaics.

The MIT spin-off 1366 Technologies was awarded the agreement after a technology review under the SAI Incubator Program. 1366 Technologies will use the SAI funds to further develop its Self-Aligned Cell technology which allows cost-effective, scalable manufacturing of multi-crystalline solar cells.

“Increasing cell efficiency without increasing costs is the solar industry’s biggest manufacturing challenge,” says Ely Sachs, Chief Technical Officer at 1366 Technologies. “Our Self-Aligned Cell does exactly this, by producing cells with mono-crystalline efficiencies at multi-crystalline costs. This is a big step toward making solar power competitive with traditional electricity generation.”

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