WattGlass of Fayetteville announced on Wednesday that it's received a $679,413 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to help commercialize its anti-reflective glass coating technology.
The startup said it will use the money to work with leading solar panel manufacturers and integrate their coating, which is self-cleaning and anti-fog, with the glass currently used in panel production.
The 14-month project involves installing more than 240 panels in test arrays around the country.
WattGlass said its technology uses water-based chemistry and is cheaper than alternatives. It said the coating would reduce the cost of solar panel production and maintenance associated with cleaning them, as well as increase the performance of panels in the field.
WattGlass was founded in 2014 by four Arkansas entrepreneurs to commercialize technology developed by CEO Corey Thompson during his Ph.D. research under Min Zou at the University of Arkansas.
The grant follows another by a UA-connected startup, Picasolar. That company received its third SunShot grant, this one totaling $2 million, last month.