UbiQD Inc., a New Mexico-based nanotechnology development company, announced that it was awarded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts by the U.S. Air Force.

According to UbiQD, the current phase II contract provides funding for two installations totaling more than 20 windows along with continued scale-up and development of UbiQD’s quantum dot-tinted photovoltaic window technology.

“We are seeing strong fiscal support for sustainability initiatives in the built environment right now,” says Hunter McDaniel, UbiQD founder and CEO. “Our expanded contract with the U.S. Air Force couldn’t come at a better time, right as we are scaling and ahead of the upgraded solar investment tax incentives.”

The news follows several recent successful demonstration projects by UbiQD. The company says that it installed the largest electricity-generating windows ever made at Western Washington University in July 2022. The project included orange and yellow colors as well as UbiQD’s color-neutral tint.

“This technology helps Western Washington University get closer to achieving our sustainability goals on campus,” says David Patrick, vice provost for research and dean of Western Washington University’s graduate school. “I was impressed by how easily the windows were installed and love how great they look. I’m hoping to see more projects like this on campus in the near future.”