Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $70,000 to AccuStrata Inc., through phase-one Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for the advancement its thin-film solar panel manufacturing control system. The company, which is Technology Advancement Program incubator of Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute, develops real-time optical control systems that improve the efficiency as well as the manufacturing yield of the thin-film solar panels.
The funds will be utilized by AccuStrata to improve its patented and field tested control system that monitors the effectiveness of thin-film solar panel manufacturing in real time, enabling solar panel producers to make spot adjustments and make certain the efficiency of the panels.
President of AccuStrata, George Atanasoff, said the funds will enable the company to improve its innovative thin-film solar panel production control system. Atanasoff further said that solar cells manufactured through the company’s system have demonstrated their capability to produce 15% to 20% more power, resulting in more profits for the manufacturers.