We've talked oh so much about NanoSolar in the last year. Their technology has seemed promising, their government grants outstanding, and levels of commitment from smart investors exceptional. It seems like a recipe for success...but only if they could take it from the lab into a $100 million manufacturing plant.
Well, they've done it. The 200,000-square-foot factory is online and american viagra producing cells! And apparently, despite the click here generic cialis for sale initial costs, it's producing cells cheaper than anyone else can produce them. The secret is a new technique for printing solar panels. Instead of producing huge sheet of single-crystal silicon (extremely expensive) nanosolar actually prints a mixture of rare metals in an extremely thin layer on a substrate (in the beginning, a strip of viagra 20 mg aluminum).
The result are solar panels that are less efficient, but can be produced much more quickly and cheaply than silicon solar panels. The first batch of Nanosolar panels is destined for a solar power plant in Germany (where there are very progressive solar subsidies).
Already, Nanosolar says that they can sell panels for roughly $1 per watt, which will result in $2 per watt installations. Suddenly, that starts to look a lot like the $2.1 per watt that it costs to build a coal plant.
And that is extremely exciting news.
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