Semprius, Inc., a Durham, NC, USA-based developer of high concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) solar modules, received a $2.9m grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).
Led by Joseph Carr, Chief Executive Officer, Semprius manufactures solar modules using small commercial solar cells and applying innovative manufacturing processes.
The funding will be used to develop technologies that lower the cost of solar-generated electricity while increasing system efficiencies and energy yields.
The company, in partnership with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The George Washington University and Veeco, received its award from ARPA-E’s Micro-scale Optimized Solar-cell Arrays with Integrated Concentration (MOSAIC) program, which will fund the development of a new class of high-performance photovoltaic (PV) solar modules based upon the use of very small lenses and micro-solar cells.