Great Leap Solar launches crowdfunding campaign for development of digital glass solar tech

Written By: Stratton Report
January 9, 2017

On January 9, Giant Leap Solar announced a investment campaign at Giant Leap Solar is seeking the financial support of accredited investors to help raise $500k or more to provide a required 20% cost share and related activities for a highly vetted $2.2M cooperative SunShot research and development award from the US Department of Energy.

Per Giant Leap, the firm is developing what it terms Digital Glass, which it describes as a non-mechanical direct digital control of sunlight for both photovoltaic and solar thermal energy applications – including base-load electricity with molten salt storage for day and night operations.

Founder, CEO and former NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer Dr. Leo DiDomenico remarked: “At Giant Leap Solar we believe that the next major advance in solar energy and climate change mitigation lies in the digital control of sunlight.”

According to the firm, Digital Glass is fabricated by a 3D-printing process developed by manufacturing development partner Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory which incorporates blood-vessel-scale capillaries into transparent sheets, distributing tiny amounts of optical fluid digitally to make embedded mirrors become visible or invisible as needed to redirect sunlight onto solar receivers.

Per Giant Leap, the early-stage technology has the potential to reduce the cost of electricity by up to 10x compared to fossil fuels and provide up to a 10x smaller footprint than today’s solar energy systems.