Invisible solar cells may be moving closer to mass productionJune 24, 2012
New Energy Technologies announces breakthrough in manufacturing process
Invisible solar cells have been a popular subject in the realms of science and technology lately. The prospect of a solar energy system that is imperceptible to the eye is alluring because of its many possible applications. Invisible solar cells could be used on nearly any surface, such as windows, enabling them to harvest solar energy. New Energy Technologies, a company specializing in the research and development of transparent solar panels, has been a pioneer in this sector and has announced its latest breakthrough.
Breakthrough could lead to more efficient production of solar energy technology
The company has made a breakthrough in the manufacturing technique it uses to create its invisible solar cells. With the aid of researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, New Energy Technologies was able to lower the materials costs of its production method as well as adopt a new technique that is expected to increase the efficiency of the solar cells the company produces. More efficient solar energy technology is expected to bring more attention and support to the alternative energy.
New method allows the construction of solar cells in a low-temperature environment
The new manufacturing process works at lower temperatures than other methods. Previously, New Energy Technologies was restricted to the use of high-temperature vacuum disposition. This process is considered costly and time consuming as it required the company to construct the film used for its solar panels in a vacuum environment, layering the film molecule by molecule. The new process allows the company to produce solar panels more efficiently.
Invisible solar cells could be used to power homes and vehicle electronics
New Energy Technology believes that it is one step closer to mass producing its invisible solar cells. These invisible solar cells could be used to replace windows in homes and vehicles. The energy generated by these cells would then be used to power various electronic applications. The company believes that the recent breakthrough will open up the way for new tests concerning invisible solar cells and prepare the way for mass production.