Sit down and pour yourself some organic lemonade. Better yet, pour yourself a solar panel. As bizarre as that sounds, a company based out in California, Innovalight, has developed a proprietary technology to do just that.
Being that the process is so secretive, information is limited, but essentially what they've done is created silicon nanoparticles that gets mixed up in a solvent, and then poured onto a substrate. The solvent is then extracted and what you're left with is a solar cell of whatever shape you poured. The structure of the cell is very ordered, thanks to the nanoparticles, and thus can achieve efficiencies comparable to thin-film cells, though their goal is to surpass that and get to the mid-teens of percent efficient.
More great news is that they hope their process will cut the cost of solar by 50%, a great boon considering the current battle for silicon between the solar and processor industries. Slated to start selling in 2009, it will also be interesting to see what shapes they will make over the next few years and the many applications that will emerge because of this innovative process.
Let's hope this works
written by weee recycling, November 08, 2007
can we buy ut
written by luma, January 13, 2008
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