Marcy Kaptur announced another pair of federal awards totaling more than $3.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy for solar energy research involving the University of Toledo and local businesses.
“We continue to seek out ways to create partnerships to develop the alternative energy sector of the economy and grow jobs in Northwest Ohio,” said Kaptur, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.
Local cost sharing contributions will bring the total value of the two projects to $4.5 million, Kaptur said.
In one project, UT researchers will team with Toledo-area industrial partners Calyxo USA and Pilkington to improve the efficiency of current thin-film photovoltaic modules. A key resource in this $2.1 million project will be the testing facilities at UT’s new, state-funded Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization.
The other project, valued at $2.3 million, involves technology development at Xunlight Corp., a new Toledo-based company that manufactures solar cells.