DoE Selects Two SoCal Firms For Solar Program

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Tuesday that it has selected thirteen companies for an effort to commercialize solar energy technologies, including two firms based in Southern California. According to NREL, it is investing $6 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as part of a new PV Technology Pre-Incubator Award. The two local firms are International Solar Electric Technology, which is based in Chatsworth, and TiSol, which is based in Pasadena. NREL said that International Solar Electric Technology was awarded $456,006 for its work developing low cost, monolithically integrated, printed CuInGaSe2 modules on flexible stainless steel substrates. TiSol was awarded $499,100 for its work developing a viable technology for thin film deposition in open atmosphere using a unique flame synthesis methodology. Both firms' technology are expected to help reduce the cost of various photovoltaic manufacturing processes.