Solterra Enters Process Development Agreement With Dutch Firms


Solterra Renewable Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quantum Materials Corp., has entered into a process development agreement with a consortium of chemistry companies in the Netherlands to validate high-volume production methods for its proprietary tetrapod quantum dots.

This agreement is the product of the memorandum of understanding that Solterra, FutureChemistry Holding BV and Flowid BV signed in 2009, defining a collective output goal that supports daily production amounts that had previously taken months or possibly years to produce, the company says.

The continuous flow chemistry technology developed by the consortium enables rapid assessment of input parameters to control output characteristics of the quantum dots and high parallel capacity for increased production. The properties of flow chemistry offer unprecedented control over the chemical manufacturing process, according to Solterra.

This tight quality control enables the quantum dots to be used in specific technology applications where the unique behavior of the quantum dots can be harnessed. FutureChemistry and Flowid will provide the expertise necessary to find optimal process conditions to scale the synthesis of the quantum dots to necessary levels. With larger quantities of quantum dots, Solterra says it can pursue its near-term goal of reaching one gigawatt of solar cell production.

SOURCE: Quantum Materials Corp.

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