Applied Nanotech Holdings Inc. has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to receive a contract of approximately $750,000 for the development of non-contact, printable metallic inks for silicon solar cells.
During this two-year Phase II Small Business Innovation Research program, Applied Nanotech will focus on improving methods for the application of metallic electrodes to silicon photovoltaic substrates using its unique metallic nanoparticle-based inks.
Electrical contacts are a critical part of PV technology and represent a difficult and costly area for solar cell production, according to the company. This development program will exploit advances in nanotechnology to lower manufacturing costs and improve solar cell efficiency.
SOURCE: Applied Nanotech Holdings Inc.