19 Aug '11, 8pm

OptiSolar Reborn as NovaSolar: The mysterious rise and sudden, calamitous collapse of OptiSolar was one of the...

The mysterious rise and sudden, calamitous collapse of OptiSolar was one of the first great cautionary tales in solar. The company--born out of a research paper written at Hewlett-Packard in the early 2000s --aspired to become a gigantic, vertically integrated solar powerhouse. It wanted to build "solar city" complexes with factories that could churn out 2 to 3 gigawatts of amorphous silicon solar panels a year. Rather than go with traditional frames, the paper suggested utilizing aluminum frames from regular windows and backing the panels with inexpensive silicon or plastic. Modules would cost 0.60 cents to 0.52 cents per watt to make, far less than prices today and close to the goal set by the DOE's SunShot program for modules in 2017. Fully installed, solar power would cost $1.00 to 0.88 cents a watt, the paper said. Again, that would be better than or equal to the $1 a...

Full article: http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/optisolar-reb...

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