Attleboro company named NASA iTech semifinalist

ATTLEBORO – OptiCOMP Networks Inc. has been selected as a top 25 semifinalist in the iTech Cycle II-Energy, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced Thursday.

The company submitted an idea that was described as the rapid wafering of wide bandgap substrates. On the company’s website it says that its work has the potential to reduce the cost of fabrication of high-efficiency solar cells by 30 percent.

NASA iTech is an initiative by the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate to find innovative ideas that address problems on Earth as well as ideas with potential to overcome technology hurdles in future space exploration. An iTech panel will now review the 25 semifinalists entries based on relevance, likelihood of success and potential impact on space exploration and life on Earth.

The top 10 finalists will be announced on May 25.

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