By Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Nearly two dozen clean energy companies and researchers around Massachusetts are sharing more than $2.6 million in grants to support clean energy innovation and technology development, according to the governor’s office.

The funding is provided through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Catalyst Program.

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“Massachusetts continues to drive decarbonization in both the commonwealth and nationally through its robust clean energy innovation sector,” Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement. “These projects will assist in solving technical barriers, while creating jobs and strengthening local economies throughout the Commonwealth.”

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Among the projects to benefit from the latest round of grants are a company developing an automated solar panel cleaning product that will increase the output of solar panels; a researcher developing an electric vehicle battery that offers a high-energy density, fast charging rate and long lifecycle; and a scientist developing a wave energy stabilizer for floating offshore wind turbine substructures.

Since launching in 2010, the catalyst program has awarded $7.2 million to 138 new companies and research teams.

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