Picasolar Named Edison Award Finalist

February 12, 2015

Innovate Arkansas startup Picasolar of Fayetteville has been named a finalist for the 2015 Edison Awards, which recognize innovation in the global economy.

Picasolar CEO Douglas Hutchings says the recognition means Picasolar will receive either a Bronze, Silver or Gold award when the honorees are announced on April 23 in New York.

"The Edison Award highlights the innovative nature of our technology, and it's an honor for our team's accomplishments to be highlighted at this level," he said.

Picasolar's solar-cell innovation, a self-aligned, hydrogenated selective emitter for N-type cells, is no stranger to recognition or notice from the DOE

Last fall, Picasolar was infused with new rounds of public and private funding to scale the emitter.

The Edison Awards recognition represents the latest in a string of impressive accomplishments for Picasolar, which fused with its former sister firm Silicon Solar Solutions to operate as one entity.

Stay tuned. More to come...

Here's the official presser:

Picasolar to be Recognized at Edison Awards Gala on April 23 in New York

Fayetteville Arkansas – Picasolar's Hydrogen Super Emitter (HSE) has been named a 2015 Award Finalist by the internationally renowned Edison Awards™. The distinguished awards, inspired by Thomas Edison’s persistence and inventiveness, recognize innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy.

“It’s exciting to see companies like Picasolar continuing Thomas Edison’s legacy of challenging conventional thinking,” said Frank Bonafilia, Edison Awards’ executive director. “Edison Awards recognizes the game-changing products and services, and the teams that brought them to consumers.” Award winners will be announced April 23, 2015 at the Edison Awards Annual Gala, held in the historic Ballroom of The Capitale in New York City.

Edison Award nominees are judged by more than 3,000 senior business executives and academics from across the nation whose votes acknowledge the Finalists’ success in meeting the award’s stringent criteria of quality. The voting panel includes members of:

  • Chief Marketing Officer Council (CMO)
  • Design Management Institute (DMI)
  • American Productivity & Quality Center (APQC)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Georgia State Marketing Roundtable (GSU)
  • Product Development and Management Association (PDMA)
  • Assoc. of Technology Mgmt & Applied Engineering (ATMAE)

The Edison Awards is a program conducted by Edison Universe, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to fostering future innovators. For more information about the Edison Awards, Edison Universe and a list of past winners, visit www.edisonawards.com.


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