Latest Silicon thin-film cell Stories

2011-10-12 11:45:06

Researchers in Singapore have exploited advanced nanostructure technology to make a highly efficient and yet cheaper silicon solar cell. With this development, the researchers hope that the cost of solar energy can be halved. Developed jointly by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics (IME), the new thin-film silicon solar cells are designed to be made from cheaper, low grade silicon. However it is able to generate electricity currents close to that...

2010-03-04 14:04:23

Solar cells made from silicon are projected to be a prominent factor in future renewable green energy equations, but so far the promise has far exceeded the reality. While there are now silicon photovoltaics that can convert sunlight into electricity at impressive 20 percent efficiencies, the cost of this solar power is prohibitive for large-scale use. Researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), however, are developing a new approach that could substantially...

2009-09-28 09:37:00

PHOENIX, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- RoseStreet Labs Energy, Inc. (RSLE) announced today a breakthrough demonstration of the first known Nitride/silicon tandem solar cell. Utilizing the same Nitride material technology as solid state lighting and blue lasers, RSLE fabricated and tested a working photovoltaic cell that couples a silicon solar cell with a Nitride Thin Film. This is a major milestone in RSLE's product roadmap to achieve substantially higher solar efficiencies than...

2009-08-17 06:30:00

GLEN ALLEN, Va., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- NanoMarkets, a leading industry analyst based here, today announced the release of its most recent report, "Building-Integrated Photovoltaics Markets 2009 and Beyond." This report, which builds upon the firm's coverage of the BIPV market, contains analysis and market projections of both crystalline silicon (c-Si) and the thin-film PV technologies used in various portions of a building -- rooftops, exterior walls, windows, facades, sunshades,...

2009-03-26 06:00:00

GLEN ALLEN, Va., March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- According to NanoMarkets, an industry analysis firm based here, Amorphous silicon (a-Si) --- a thin-film photovoltaic (TFPV) material that has been around since the late 70s --- will continue to lead the TFPV space for several years to come. The firm projects that $1.3 billion in revenues for a-Si based photovoltaics this year that will grow to $4.1 billion in the year 2014. These and other findings are from the firm's newest report titled,...

2009-03-18 11:45:00

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Sencera, a manufacturer of thin-film silicon based photovoltaic modules, has successfully deposited single-junction silicon solar cells with an initial 8.7% sunlight to electricity conversion efficiency under standard test conditions. As a result, the Company has secured the final $5.2 million of a $15.6 million investment from the California based lead investor Quercus Trust. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080925/CLTH022LOGO)...

2008-12-03 11:22:00

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Sencera, a developer of photovoltaic modules and thin film solar panel systems, has successfully deposited single-junction silicon solar cells with 7% sunlight to electricity conversion efficiencies under standard test conditions. The Company achieved the result utilizing a repeatable, fully automated process on The Viper(TM), its proprietary Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) manufacturing platform. Cell performance was...

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