Wakonda Technologies

Wakonda Technologies is developing proprietary solar electric technology that is more efficient than crystalline silicon and more cost effective than thin film alternatives.

Location: 
Woburn, MA
Type: 
Corporation
Category: 
Solar
Website: 
http://wakondatech.com

Wakonda Technologies is developing proprietary solar electric technology that is more efficient than crystalline silicon and more cost effective than thin film alternatives.

Wakonda combines the world's most efficient photovoltaic materials with a flexible substrate that enables high volume manufacturing using commercial processes. The results:
- Costs competitive with conventional electricity
- Elimination of rare raw materials
- Wide variety of product forms

Our technology will dramatically improve the availability of solar electric energy for both critical military and broad commercial applications, making it possible for everyone to harness.

Wakonda Technologies was founded in 2005 by Dr. Les Fritzemeier and Professor Ryne Raffaelle of the Rochester Institute of Technology. The company was established to exploit the intersection of their respective skills in metallurgical processing and advanced photovoltaic devices. Wakonda was started in Rochester NY and used the facilities at RIT, Cornell University and several government agencies to conduct proof of concept experiments. In 2008, the company moved to Massachusetts to accelerate product development and early commercialization.

Wakonda has received several honors over its short history, winning the first ever Golden Horseshoe Business Challenge in upstate NY and being named the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007.

"Wakonda" is a Native American word that is associated with the Osage tribe of the Great Plains. According to La Flesche's Dictionary of the Osage Language (1932), "Wakonda" refers to the force that created and sustains the universe, hence, our interpretation of "Wakonda" as "The Power That Resides in Nature™". According to the Osage, "Wakonda" is present in all things, and it is the power of the sun that Wakonda (the company) works to employ.

Today, Wakonda Technologies is growing quickly, as it seeks to accelerate the development and market introduction of its technology that will help everyone harness

The Power That Resides in Nature™.


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Wakonda Technologies is one of the GoingGreen 2009 top 100 private companies.

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