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Toledo Solar receives DOE grant to research lighter, steel-backed solar modules

As if being the only thin-film cadmium telluride solar panel manufacturer in the residential market wasn’t enough of a niche, Toledo Solar is now looking to develop something never done before: modules with glass-enameled steel backs.

The country’s first residential thin-film cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar panel manufacturer, Toledo Solar, has been given a $200,000 Phase I federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the Department of Energy for the research and development of lighter solar panels.

Specifically, the company will be looking to develop modules with glass-enameled steel backs, rather than using a glass sheet to encapsulate the panel. Toledo Solar already had plans in the works to research glass-enameled, steel-backed modules in the future, the awarding of the SBIR grant just expedited the process.

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