19 Mar '12, 12pm

New Solar Cell Company Promises Solar Power for $0.50/Watt (Not Twin Creeks)

New Solar Cell Company Promises Solar Power for $0.50/Watt (Not Twin Creeks)

Last week you might’ve read about Twin Creeks Technologies and its super-thin solar cells . This company aims to cut the cost of solar cells in half. Ampulse Corporation , another upcoming company in the solar industry, has taken a similar (but still a bit different) approach. By making radical changes to the production process of solar cells, it also claims it can push the prices of solar power to less than $0.50 per watt. Solar wafers are thin slices of semiconductors made out of silicon, an absolutely essential part of crystalline solar cells. They are accountable for about half the cost of a typical solar panel. If we somehow can reduce the use of wafers, we can drastically influence the cost. Most of today’s PV cells are made out of silicon, which goes through a series of complex manufacturing processes that have three major drawbacks: As much as half of the refined s...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/03/19/new-solar-cell-manufa...

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