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 ]