Today, Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (Thornton, CO) - a developer of lightweight, flexible, thin-film photovoltaic modules - has announced the selection of seven teams that will begin designing prototypes for the Ascent Solar Innovative Design Competition.
Teams from Boston University, Rochester Institute of Technology, San Diego State, Texas A&M, University of California, Berkeley, and University of Oregon were selected by a committee that included members of Ascent's executive and product development staff. In the next week, students will receive flexible solar modules and project funding courtesy of Ascent Solar.
The Ascent Solar Innovative Design Competition will last throughout the 2011-2012 school year and allows participating students and their professors to explore the transformational applications and uses for Ascent's flexible solar modules. Teams will compete by developing working prototypes of ground-breaking portable power applications, which are uniquely enabled using Ascent's lightweight, flexible photovoltaic modules.
The teams with the top designs will receive up to $10,000 in cash prizes as well as potential future opportunities with Ascent.