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November 19, 2003

HelioVolt and NREL to Advance Thin-Film Solar Power

DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced last week that it will team up with HelioVolt Corporation to advance the technology for making thin-film Copper Indium Gallium Diselenide (CIGS) solar cells. The HelioVolt process involves depositing two thin films of chemicals on a surface such as glass and then rapidly heating them to form a bond. NREL and HelioVolt are collaborating under a six- month Cooperative Research and Development Agreement valued at $100,000, for which HelioVolt is supplying $75,000 of its own funds. See the NREL press release.