Lowering costs and dramatically increasing system efficiencies and energy yields of solar modules are the goals of a $2.9 million grant to several organizations from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), which is part of the U.S. Department of Energy.
The grant was awarded to Semprius, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The George Washington University. Semprius and Veeco.
Specifically, the award was made by ARPA-E’s Micro-scale Optimized Solar-cell Arrays with Integrated Concentration (MOSAIC) program. The funding will be used to develop a new class of cost-effective and high-performance photovoltaic solar modules based on very small lenses and micro-solar cells, according to Semprius.
Earlier this year, ARPA-E made 11 awards totally $30 million for projects to develope localized thermal management systems aimed at buildings’ occupants, not the overall building.