GAP Grant Awarded for Improved Photovoltaic Cell for Solar Energy Harvesting
||Dr. Simon Foo, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering|
Since 2005, The Florida State University Research Foundation has been funding the Grant Assistance Program (GAP), a highly competitive grant program designed to support Florida State researchers as they seek to transfer their technology out of the laboratory and into the commercial marketplace.
Dr. Simon Foo of the FAMU-FSU Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received $15,000 of FSU GAP funding to fabricate and compare improved multi-junction solar cells against state of the art designs. Many of the technologies in the solar cell are next generation but the materials in the solar cell are unique. The funding will be invested in building a prototype, testing it and finding a commercial partner. The goal of the new solar technology is to reach $0.15 per kilowatt hour or lower. These are very competitive rates for solar power given that the U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that 2009 Florida average retail price for electricity was roughly $0.12 per kilowatt hour.