We don't know exactly what the folks at Nanosolar are up to, but they're impressing a lot of folks, and that's pretty exciting. They're definitely working on roll-to-roll printing of thin film CIGS solar cells, and they have been saying for ages that it'll be way cheaper than traditional silicon.
But, so far, we at EcoGeek haven't seen any proof of that decreased cost per watt. However, as they've recently attracted $100 M in funding from venture capital, and an additional $20 M grant from the US Department of Energy, we're willing to suppose that there's something up their sleeve.
The $20 M from the DOE is the largest grant being given out as part of the Solar America Initiative. Other awards were given to GE, SunPower and Others. But while Nanosolar is still working on becoming the leader of the pack, it'll come down to more than just funding. Nanosolar's technology is going to have to prove superior to other well-funded, thin-film manufacturers like Masole and Heliovolt.
written by Jeff Worth, October 11, 2007
written by Deris Jeannette, January 02, 2008
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