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Friday, April 8, 2011

With federal funding Albany could be the national center for Solar PV research

United States Senator, Charles Schumer is working to make Albany, New York the national hub for solar photovoltaic research by advocating for a $100 million grant through the Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative. To strengthen Albany's case for the funding, the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and the University of Central Florida are creating the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium, which will work closely with Albany-based computer chip research consortium, Sematech. If secured, the consortium will receive an additional $400 million in private and state funding.

Sematech is an important asset for the consortium as it already has the infrastructure necessary to set up a manufacturing line to test and develop emerging solar technologies.

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