Milpitas, Calif. NanoGram Corp., a developer and licensor of advanced products and solutions for optical, electronic and energy applications, has selected The Netherlands-based OTB Group NVas one of its partners in building out the company's solar pilot plant currently under construction in Milpitas, California.
NanoGram will use the facility to scale-up its SilFoil technology for solar modules that reportedly will deliver the product performance and reliability of wafer-based crystalline silicon modules at prices competitive with thin film modules. Comprised of proprietary processes, the SilFoil technology has as one of its cornerstones NanoGram's laser reactive deposition (LRDTM) process. The U.S. Department of Energy recently recognized NanoGram's photovoltaic approach with an Energy Innovator Award.
OTB helps companies build lines in the solar, electronics and industrial industries by providing production equipment and technologies that enable manufacturers to expand their businesses while realizing efficiencies and cost reductions. The company said it has the proprietary inkjet printing and laser technologies to build equipment that produces next-generation solar cells with higher efficiency at lower costs.