ENrG Inc. to Advance Thin E-Strate® Flexible Ceramics with NYSERDA Award


Company Seeks Partners to Increase Thin-Film Solar Cell Performance

BUFFALO, NY - ENrG Inc., a high technology firm specializing in the development and manufacture of ceramic components for clean energy, has received an award from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to explore the potential of its Thin E-Strate® flexible ceramic product in the solar energy markets.

ENrG Inc. has a new twist on high performance, ultrathin ceramic

ENrG's Thin E-Strate® product's unique physical properties may provide the thin-film PV industry with an enabling platform that can increase cell efficiency, decrease costs and expand the thin-film PV market.

NYSERDA's award, along with leveraged funding from the company and other partners, will aid in the commercialization of ENrG's new product. The company is specifically interested in connecting with thin film solar cell developers and manufacturers seeking a more efficient medium to work as a backing for solar cells than materials used currently.

Kathy Olenick, Director of Technical Applications, ENrG Inc. said, "When ceramic technologists see Thin E-Strate at our trade shows or on our video online, they question if it's really a ceramic! Yes, it is indeed an yttria-stabilized zirconia ceramic, but with some surprising properties, such as superior strength, flexibility, opportunity for higher temperature coatings and surface texturing, amongst others. The conversation then turns to how they can use these features to meet their performance and cost targets."

"ENrG is working on a remarkable material - a flexible, lightweight ceramic that could help reduce the price of photovoltaic (PV) cells," said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA. "Under Governor Cuomo's NY-Sun initiative, the State is seeking to make PV more affordable and this is just one example of the innovation and technology NYSERDA is supporting to promote the growth of the solar industry."

To learn more, see the Thin E-Strate® demonstration videos at www.enrg-inc.com/products.asp or contact Kathy Olenick at 716-390-6740 or kolenick@enrg-inc.com

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