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Fraunhofer TechBridge launches SunRISE Challenge, seeking innovations in solar energy, in partnership with DSM and Greentown Labs

Sittard, NL, 11 Feb 2016 15:30 CET

Fraunhofer TechBridge is now accepting applications for the SunRISE TechBridge Challenge, in partnership with Royal DSM and Greentown Labs. The SunRISE TechBridge Challenge is seeking innovations in materials and technologies that will enable the reduction of levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for photovoltaic (PV) systems, and consequently increase the penetration of affordable PV. Solar energy has become an important source in the global energy mix over the past decade. For solar energy to reach grid parity and become cost competitive with fossil fuel-based generation on a global scale, it is necessary to lower the LCOE of solar PV.

Areas of  interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Improving cell-to-module conversion efficiency
  • Reducing the overall lifetime cost of module materials per unit energy through novel materials
  • Retrofit solutions to reduce operation and maintenance costs
  • Technologies enabling non-traditional solar deployment
  • Business models that integrate solar PV with energy storage

Winning applicants will be eligible for one or more of the following awards:

  • Up to $100,000 in technical validation services from the world-renowned Fraunhofer R&D network
  • Greentown Launch incubation and acceleration program at Greentown Labs, up to $130,000 value in in-kind tools, products, and services
  • Partnership and/or a project with DSM
  • Venture investment from DSM

Applicants will be evaluated based on the potential impact of their solution, with a key parameter being the LCOE.

Proposals are due by 16 March 2016 at: Awardees' intellectual property is fully protected throughout the process.

About Fraunhofer TechBridge

Launched at Fraunhofer CSE in 2010, the Fraunhofer TechBridge program identifies and de-risks promising technologies to solve industry challenges. By performing targeted technical searches and conducting validation and demonstration work, TechBridge evaluates and prepares innovative early-stage products for investors and industry.

The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems CSE is a non-profit applied research and development laboratory dedicated to the commercialization of clean energy technologies for the benefit of society. With a focus on building energy technologies, solar photovoltaics, and distributed electrical energy systems, Fraunhofer CSE engages in collaborative research with private companies, government entities, and academic institutions. Fraunhofer CSE is one of seven centers of Fraunhofer USA, a 501(c)(3) non-profit contract R&D organization, a subsidiary of Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Europe's largest contract R&D organization.