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The Story of a Cutting-Edge Solar Startup

June 20, 2012 - 9:40am

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Alta Devices is rethinking how high performance solar cells are made.

The Silicon Valley startup has taken gallium arsenide -- an expensive semiconductor material that is incredibly efficient at turning sunlight into electricity -- and developed a commercially viable processes for manufacturing it into solar modules.

In 2009, Alta Devices was selected to participate in the Energy Department’s SunShot Incubator program. Now in its sixth iteration, SunShot Incubator supports early-stage startups like Alta, in scaling up innovative technologies that lower the cost of solar energy.

Recently, at the SunShot Grand Challenge Summit in Denver, Colorado, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced up to $8 million to support nine, highly innovative startups as part of the SunShot Incubator program. This new round of Incubator funding seizes on the tremendous global market for clean energy technologies -- representing hundreds of billions of dollars worldwide.

You can learn more about Alta Devices and its cutting edge approach to low cost solar technology by watching the video above. 

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