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Eikos Receives High Marks for Invisicon® Solar PV Work in DOE Review
FRANKLIN, MA (June 15, 2009) - U.S. Department of Energy conducted its yearly peer reviewed appraisal of all its grants March 9 - 10 in Denver, Colorado. Eikos's DOE Grant was reviewed during a presentation by Eikos Vice President and the grant's principal investigator, Paul Glatkowski. The project consists of conducting research and development to demonstrate that transparent conductive coatings based on nanofibers, including carbon nanotubes, can perform at an electrical resistivity, optical transparency and other specifications suitable for use in solar cells and as electrical conductors. He presented to a panel of experts for review and the project received the highest marks in nearly every area.
A few excerpts from the report:
- "Eikos is a leading US company, and one of the few (perhaps only) economically stable ones, in the area of carbon nanotubes (CNT) with a growing expertise in metal nanotubes. Their laboratory is very well equipped with characterization and measurement tools and they have developed a strong expertise in the important area of nanotube purification, sorting, and doping."
- "This program is of direct relevance, and provides important supply chain backup and a necessary purification, processing, and characterization data base, for DOE programs on CNT-based applications in PV and related devices."
- "The technology being developed could replace ITO in multiple photovoltaic material systems from thin-film to single crystalline devices. ITO has many disadvantages that include high material cost, expensive processing, supply concerns, etc. Therefore a replacement transparent conductive layer that mitigates these disadvantages is very attractive."
"This next year will yield exciting results as the latest Invisicon® technology is demonstrated in entirely new PV device structures," says the grant's PI, Paul Glatkowski."We're confident our technology will enable higher performance PV architectures."
Eikos, Inc. is a developer and manufacturer of highly transparent carbon nanotube inks for conductive coatings and circuits for use in solar cells, flat panel displays, OLED lighting, smart windows and other established markets. Eikos’ patented Invisicon® transparent conductors (‘nanowires’) will enable high volume, low cost production of a thinner, more flexible and more durable conductive coating technology that will displace Indium Tin Oxide (ITO), Zinc Oxide, PEDOT/PSS, and other transparent conductors. A privately held company headquartered in Franklin Massachusetts, Eikos has a number of licenses and development contracts with major global companies, U.S. military agencies and NASA. For more information, please visit us at www.eikos.com.