Launched in 2009 as an Oregon State University spin-out, CSD Nano has successfully developed and patented the next generation of nano-tech anti-reflective coatings for the solar industry. The company has received multiple Federal (NSF Phase 1 & 2) and State grants in MoreSun’s commercialization journey from advanced research to practical applications that enhances the solar capacity of photovoltaic (PV) systems. The company’s flag-ship product, MoreSun, is designed to increase ROI for installed solar systems worldwide.
CSD Nano, Inc. began as a research project at Oregon State University. The charter was to develop solution deposited nano-particle antireflective films on polycarbonate and glass.
Initial business development and prototype efforts were directed toward eye glasses, but the market turned out to be very fractured with too many entrenched competitors.
Researchers postulated that the anti-reflective coating could generate additional power from solar modules. This shift in strategic direction lands a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to investigate the possibilities.
Further technology development and additional funding from Oregon Best, ONAMI, and NSF led to a breakthroughs in 2013 and 2014 of a world class antireflective film that cures at low temperatures.
After hundreds of test formulae, and countless hours of application and durability testing, patents are filed for both "sun cured" antireflective film and applicator devices and technologies.
Initial tests of the final formula of MoreSun Anti-reflective Coating were performed at the Oregon State University research solar array. The patent-pending applicator was also tested and debugged.
After 4 years of R& D, MoreSun is productized and ready for commercial sale. The CSD team applies the first demonstration coating on a commercial array to a small solar park in Northern Greece.
MoreSun Multi-function Coating v.2.0 is released and is shipping in the second half of 2016. This new coating provides anti-reflection and anti-soiling performance is a single application. Early field results show the MFC product provides 3.4 to 5.1% average annual energy production gains.