International Business and Technology Service Corporation Support American Made Challenge Participant Teams as a Connector





May 1st 2021



International Business and Technology Service Corporation (IBTSC) has been an active connector for American Made Network and supports multiple teams to develop their technology and solution packages for the American Made Challenges. In one of the recent American-Made Challenges, the Envelope Retrofit Opportunities for Building Optimization Technologies (E-ROBOT) Prize, IBTSC was selected as one of the recommended connectors from the American-Made Network.





In the first round, the team has helped the prize participants to develop proposal packages for challenge submission, determine IP strategy and provide necessary feedback for their technology, marketing strategy and work plan. As an active member of American Made Network, IBTSC will continue to support teams and companies for their submission for American Made Challenges.


Currently there are several challenges open for teams to compete, click below for more information:





International Business and Technology Service Corporation has won American Made Challenge Round 4 Set Stage





April 10, 2021



The IBTSC R&D team has won the Set stage of American Made Solar Challenge round 4 in April 2021 and became one of the 10 finalists nationwide.


With the project titled: Solar Panel with Heatsink (Link to video). Project Summary: The team developed nano-textured heat sink technology for solar panels. The heatsink structure increases the surface area of the back of the solar panel, helping the panel dissipate heat and lowering its peak operating temperature. The lower temperature may make the solar panel last longer.


“We were very fortunate to be selected as one of the winners to advance to the next round. Our team will focus on conducting systematic demonstration of the technology, validate performance and reliability benefits of the technology and establish manufacturable processes.” Said by Dr. Kaizhong Gao, the CEO and Chief Scientist of the company.





The American-Made Solar Prize is a $3 million competition designed to revitalize solar manufacturing in the United States. Competitors may be entrepreneurial students, professors, small-business owners, company staffers, researchers at national laboratories, or anyone else based in the United States with a potentially marketable solar technology solution. This challenge requires competitors to make progress on a condensed timeline, form private-sector partnerships, and secure investments to make their ideas a reality.


On July 9, 2020, DOE launched Round 4 of the American-Made Solar Prize. On April 9, 2021, IBTSC was selected as winner for the Set stage competition based on the proof of concept demonstration achieved. 10 teams were selected to receive $100,000 and a $75,000 voucher that can be used by the AMN partners, such as National Laboratories and advance to the Go stage competition. Their technologies are grouped into three categories: concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP), photovoltaics (PV), and systems integration.



International Business and Technology Service Corporation (IBTSC) in Collaboration with University of Nebraska Wins Inaugural Electricity Industry Technology and Practices Innovation Challenge Award from U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)





Breaking News, Aug. 21, 2019



North Oaks, Minnesota – Today, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity (OE), Bruce J. Walker, announced International Business and Technology Service Corporation (IBTSC) as a Tier II Gold winner of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) first “Electricity Industry Technology and Practices Innovation Challenge” (EITPIC), designed to tap into American ingenuity for ideas on how to make the nation’s electric grid stronger and more resilient.


Through the challenge, DOE sought ideas from industry, academia, and other innovators for concepts that include technologies or solutions that can address existing or emerging vulnerabilities and threats to the electric sector or mitigate interdependencies between the electricity sector and other sectors.


After an extensive review, DOE awarded IBTSC for Remote Sensing Technology for Situational Awareness of the Grid. “We are excited to both demonstrate our remote sensing technology for the grid and have the opportunity to contribute to the larger grid modernization effort,” said Dr. Kaizhong Gao, General Manager and Chief Scientist at IBTSC. “This technology was developed in close collaboration with Professor Sy-Hwang Liou’s team at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with much of the foundational work previously sponsored by DOE. Our goal is to further mature the technology and implement it to improve energy efficiency, grid stability, reliability and resiliency.”


Proposed technologies and solutions were reviewed on criterion including technical merit and viability, potential to mature and implement, innovation and transformation, and potential magnitude of impact.


The official announcement from DOE can be seen from here.





About International Business and Technology Service Corporation (IBTSC) develops materials, sensors, design and device technology solutions to improve energy efficiency, reduce costs and solve the challenges facing various industries, including renewable energy, building technology, electronics and electrical machines, data storage and medical devices.



International Business and Technology Service Corporation (IBTSC) has won American Made Challenge Ready Stage Competition





Breaking News Dec. 2020








Project Summary: This team is creating a solar panel with a nano-textured heatsink. The heatsink structure increases the surface area of the back of the solar panel, helping the panel dissipate heat and lowering its peak operating temperature. The lower temperature may make the solar panel last longer.


The American-Made Solar Prize is a $3 million competition designed to revitalize solar manufacturing in the United States. Competitors may be entrepreneurial students, professors, small-business owners, company staffers, researchers at national laboratories, or anyone else based in the United States with a potentially marketable solar technology solution.


This challenge requires competitors to make progress on a condensed timeline, form private-sector partnerships, and secure investments to make their ideas a reality. On July 9, 2020, DOE launched Round 4 of the American-Made Solar Prize.


In the first phase of the competition, entrepreneurial individuals and teams pitch an innovative idea that addresses a critical need in the solar industry and identify market demand for it. Those selected to advance to the second phase will design a proof of concept.


In the third and final phase, selected individuals and teams will develop early-stage prototypes for industry testing. On December 4, 2020, 20 teams representing 12 states were selected to receive $50,000 and advance to the next phase of the competition. Their concepts are grouped into three categories: concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP), photovoltaics (PV), and systems integration.