02 Jan '12, 12pm

Manufacturing Solar Cells Just Became 50% More Efficient

NREL’s breakthrough isn’t just good news for solar power generally, but for the US solar industry in particular. US manufacturers have been struggling to cope with rapidly dropping prices for solar cells, thanks to increased activity in the sector by Asian competitors (like iPhone manufacturer Foxconn , which is about to open its first solar modules plant). The September bankruptcy of California’s Solyndra was, of course, 2011′s highest-profile example of this trend. If NREL’s technology becomes commercially available within the next couple of years, it could help the remaining US solar manufacturers compete — unless Asian manufacturers license the technology too, of course.

Full article: http://planetsave.com/2012/01/02/manufacturing-solar-cell...

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