LivinGreen Materials: Bringing Solar Closer to Grid Parity
LivinGreen Materials is one of 12 semi-finalists in the 2009 Pacific Northwest Clean Tech Open. The company's "drop-in" solar cell manufacturing technology could bring the cost of solar power closer to grid parity. Denis Du Bois interviews Chris Tagge, co-founder and CEO. (podcast)
August 01, 2009
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Program NotesDye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) can be manufactured on flexible substrates and colorized, making them an interesting choice for consumer electronics, building-integrated solar, and various other applications. DSCs have faced problems with efficiency, which made grid parity difficult for the technology. LivinGreen's innovation would drop into the manufacturing process to increase the efficiency of the resulting cells, thus reducing the cost of solar power from DSCs.
The Pacific Northwest Clean Tech Open is a business plan competition. Twelve semifinalist companies were chosen from a field of 56 entries. Semifinalists will compete for three $50,000 regional prizes. Those three finalists will advance to a national competition and a chance to secure a $250,000 (cash and services) national prize. Along the way, the companies receive support from industry Mentors to help take their ideas to the next level.