07 Jul '11, 3pm

JDSU Acquires QuantaSol for CPV Chip Technology: In September of last year, JDSU, the optical networking, lase...

One of the chicken-and-egg problems that has long plagued CPV is the cost and supply of the triple-junction compound semiconductor solar cell that performs the actual photovoltaic conversion. The low-volume supply chain for these chips has depended on somewhat dysfunctional suppliers Emcore and Spectrolab . Emcore has a history of losing money , questionable management and flirting with entering the CPV system business. Spectrolab makes a quality product, but both of these firms, with a history of supplying the space and satellite market, have found the transition to commercial manufacturing a bit of a cultural stretch. A few VC-funded startups -- Solar Junction , Cyrium and QuantaSol -- are aiming to provide chips to the system vendors. But the market remains relatively low volume and has not taken off like the flat solar panel market with its massive volumes and plunging...

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