Founder and President of UbiQD, a Los Alamos high tech startup, announced last week that the company has just been awarded a Small Business Vouchers pilot program grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
SBV grantees receive vouchers valued at $50,000 to $300,000, which are exchanged for technical assistance from one of the country’s 17 national laboratories.
The goal is to assist small businesses to deliver solutions that drive the clean energy economy toward greater commercial success.
UbiQD received the maximum award of $300,000 and is partnered with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). One other New Mexico company, Pajarito Powder, LLC in Albuquerque, was among the 43 recipients in the second round of the pilot program. Thirty-three companies were selected for round one.
SBV grants are awarded in several categories: advanced manufacturing, bioenergy, buildings, fuel cells, geothermal, solar, vehicles, water power and wind.
UbiQD’s grant is in the building category, for technology that uses low-toxicity quantum dot window tints and solar cells built into window frames to harvest sunlight for electricity.