AccuStrata Inc., a College Park, Md.-based company developing intelligent, real-time optical control systems that improve the manufacturing yield and efficiency of thin-film solar panels, has been awarded a $70,000, phase-one Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.
AccuStrata, which is based in the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute’s Technology Advancement Program incubator, will use the funding to advance and refine its control system, which allows manufacturers to monitor thin-film solar panel production and make adjustments in real time.
The company is developing solutions for both thin-film solar panel and crystalline silicon solar cell manufacturers. It also plans to enter additional markets using thin-film deposition, such as nanotechnology, touch screen displays, and high-brightness LEDs.
In late 2009, AccuStrata won a $150,000, phase-one Department of Energy Small Business Innovation Research grant.