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Two NM startups selected for DOE lab assistance

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UbiQD founder and President Hunter McDaniel shows quantum dots dissolved in a liquid solution that absorbs ultraviolet light and converts the energy into emitted light of different colors. (Courtesy of UbiQD)

SANTA FE, N.M. — The U.S. Department of Energy is opening the doors at two national laboratories to help a pair of local startups develop new clean energy technologies.

Los Alamos National Laboratory will assist Albuquerque-based Pajarito Powder in improving the performance of alternative catalyst materials that the company is developing for hydrogen fuel cells.

Also, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado will help Los Alamos-based Ubiquitous Quantum Dots, or UbiQD LLC, to do cost modeling and analysis of nanotechnology the company believes can be used to harness solar energy from windows to power buildings.
Both startups are among 43 U.S. companies selected by the DOE to receive up to $300,000 each in technical assistance and access to cutting edge equipment at laboratories around the country. It’s part of a $20 million Small Business Vouchers pilot program the DOE launched last year to help businesses develop or improve clean energy technology.

The DOE awarded $6.7 million for 33 companies in a first round of funding last March. That round included assistance by Sandia National Laboratories for iBeam Materials, a Santa Fe-based company developing a new manufacturing process that could allow it to mass produce LED lighting on metallic sheets to lower production costs.

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