- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Oregon State University will receive a $2.5 million grant that will help the university move forward with their new technology that reduces the cost of producing electricity from sunlight.

The Register-Guard reports (https://is.gd/PVi8Ra ) the grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will go to OSU and its partners to help them test their microchannel technology as part of the SunShot Initiative and expand the number of locations where the technology can be used.

Solar plants have typically been implemented in areas with consistent sunlight. OSU spokesman David Stauth says the new technology is cheaper and more efficient, which will allow other areas to be considered for solar power production.

The technology uses a system of tiny channels that increases the speed of the heat transfer process and improves efficiency.

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