The Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research is very involved in industrial partnerships to translate technologies into market solutions.
Bert Thin Films
Bert Thin Films was founded in 2014 to commercialize Conn Center research towards replacing silver front side conductors with copper. The company was awarded a phase I SBIR in 2015 and has raised over $1.2M in non-dilutive funding since. The product, CuBert™ is a screen printable paste that can directly replace silver pastes without having to add any infrastructure, thus potentially yielding significant savings to the industry. Testing has demonstrated that the new paste can meet the requirements of the industry without affecting the warranty of the products.