California-based Caelux is developing a flexible solar-cell manufacturing process and design that minimizes the amount of semiconducting material used. It is a spin-out from Caltech, and BP funded the solar research now being developed by the start-up company in which it has also taken an investment stake.
This is the fourth instalment of the US Department of Energy’s (DoE) PV Incubator program, where companies benefit from close partnerships with the DoE national laboratories.
The solar cell is made up from a ‘forest’ of silicon nanowires using a laboratory technique called vapour-liquid-solid growth.
The thinking and solutions that this incubator program inspire have the potential to significantly improve device efficiency while dramatically reducing production costs.
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