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Last updated on Thursday, October 23, 2014, 2:45 pm

Picasolar Picks Up Award, $1M in Funding

Fayetteville solar startup Picasolar tied for first place recently in the Greentech division of the South by Southwest Eco Startup Showcase in Austin, Texas. The third-annual event spotlighted innovative early-stage companies in three divisions — Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact. Eight companies competed in each category, which concluded Oct. 8 in front of a live audience and a judging panel of top investors. Picasolar is commercializing a technology developed internally at Silicon Solar Solutions, a University of Arkansas-affiliated startup founded in 2008 by Seth Shumate, Douglas Hutchings and Hafeez Mohammed. Silicon Solar Solutions owns the majority interest in Picasolar. The technology, a hydrogen selective emitter, could improve the efficiency of solar cells by 15 percent,... [ MORE ]

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