The American-Made Solar Prize Round 2 finalist teams have been working hard over the past few months preparing to pitch their technology at Go! Demo Day. Since learning of their status as Round 2 finalists in March 2020, these 10 teams have been substantially advancing their solutions from proof-of-concept to refined prototypes and finding partners to perform pilot tests of the prototypes.
Go! Demo Day marks the culmination of Round 2, with two final winners announced on Aug. 28, 2020, in a virtual format. Here’s what Round 2 Go! Demo Day will look like:
Aug. 18: Teams submit a video pitch, which will be publicly viewable here
Aug. 27: Teams participate in a private Q&A session with a panel of expert reviewers
Aug. 27: Teams and solar industry members are invited to a networking event hosted by Nation of Makers
Aug. 28: Two final winners will be announced, each winning $500,000 in cash prizes and $75,000 in technical support.
The Solar Prize administrators invite all industry experts, cleantech investors, and anyone interested in solar innovation to join the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on Friday, Aug. 28, at 1:00 p.m. ET for the live finalist announcement. Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Daniel R Simmons, will announce the final winners in this monumental solar event. Don’t miss it!
On Thursday, Aug. 27, at 3 p.m. ET, Nation of Makers is hosting a networking event for all Solar Prize Round 2 teams and industry experts. This event is free and open to anyone interested in connecting with solar professionals.
Who are the Round 2 finalists and what technologies are they pitching? View each team's video pitch and interview, listed in the order in which they will be participating in the private Q&A sessions. Contact information for each team is also available for those who are interested.
Integrated Silicon Systems is developing a low-cost manufacturing method for silicon wafers using a technique that involves melting the silicon, which floats as it solidifies, and slowly pulling a continuous, thin layer of it.
Terra Pave is creating an eco-friendly, cost-effective road coating that controls dust and dirt on high-traffic roads near solar field installations to reduce dirt cover on panels, which lowers energy output.
Vespr Solar is building a solar module attachment system with a spring-based clip that locks to secure the module while providing electrical bonding and wire management capabilities, which simplifies and lowers the cost of installation.