Eikos Awarded National Science Foundation STTR Phase I Grant with US National Renewable Energy Lab
FRANKLIN, MA (October 30, 2007) - Innovator of nanotube coatings funded to develop fully printable organic photovoltaics.
Eikos, Inc., innovator of highly transparent carbon nanotube (CNT) inks for conductive coatings and circuits, today announced it has been awarded a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I by the National Science Foundation.
Eikos Inc. has partnered with the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) to develop fully printable organic photovoltaics. This STTR Phase I project will determine the feasibility of carbon nanotubes as transparent electrodes in inverted and top tandem organic solar cells. Organic solar cells performance is limited by series resistance, inefficient solar spectrum response, and high conductivity contacts with optical loss. This project will use carbon nanotube based transparent conductors as electrodes in these cells in an attempt to improve their performance.
Results from a successful project will impact organic photovoltaic efficiency and cost, providing manufacturers and society with access to renewable energy at lower costs. Lower costs will enable the broad application of this technology to electrical power generation resulting in a reduction of fossil fuel use. This work builds on previous work between Eikos and NREL .