Sunfolding Receives SunShot Initiative Award to Apply Advanced Manufacturing to Solar Tracking

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that Sunfolding will receive a SunShot Initiative Solar Manufacturing Technology award to scale-up its advanced US manufacturing and automated assembly techniques. 

Sunfolding is leveraging the expertise of world class suppliers like Dupont Performance Polymers and established domestic manufacturing partners with decades of experience in automotive and marine applications to improve tracker reliability and lower the overall cost of solar. Sunfolding is grateful to the DOE for their continued efforts to help make better solar technologies to increase the affordability and scalability of solar energy in the US and beyond. We look forward to continuing our partnership through the SunShot program.

Read the Sunshot announcement here:

Climate change and energy innovation at CEM7

Global energy leaders gathered in San Francisco this week at the Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial to discuss how clean energy will help meet climate obligations on the Paris Agreement. Sunfolding was part of the clean tech showcase, along with a diverse set of international and US-based energy innovators. Coverage of the event from ABC7 has a brief interview with CEO Leila Madrone:

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

The team meets former Vice President and climate hero, Al Gore, at the 7th Annual Energy Innovation Summit. Pictures courtesy of ARPA-E.  

Reporting from the White House Clean Energy Investment Summit

On June 16, Sunfolding had the honor of participating in the White House Clean Energy Investment Summit, where the Obama Administration announced $4B in commitments from universities, impact investors, and family foundations to support clean energy innovation. 

Sunfolding showcased its novel solar tracking technology to Administration staff and officials in the morning and then CEO Leila Madrone joined Dr. Ellen Williams, the new ARPA-E director, in a panel discussion on the challenges of commercializing new renewable energy technologies. Capping off a momentous day, Leila was selected to introduce Vice President Joe Biden for his closing remarks at the Summit. 

Watch the closing remarks here.

$1M award from the California Energy Commission

On May 15, the California Energy Commission (CEC) awarded Sunfolding a $1M grant to support the deployment and testing for its 300 kW test field. Our test field will be located at PVUSA, a 90-acre photovoltaic testing facility in Davis, California. Our partners on the test field are industry veterans, CleanPath Ventures and DNV GL. 

Sunfolding is thrilled to be one of nearly a dozen projects funded by the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program. EPIC is a multi-year, research investment program focused on electricity-related innovations and bringing clean energy ideas to the marketplace.

More information on the program and awardees can be found here:…