Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Microsolar Cell Technology

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A new and exciting
solar cell technology developed at the Sandia National Laboratories (USA) promises a bright future for solar power. Check out the news release on the following link.

Glitter-sized solar photovoltaics produce competitive results
Adventures in microsolar supported by microelectronics and MEMS techniques


  • A new solar cell technology developed at Sandia National Laboratories (USA)
  • The cells are fabricated using microelectronic and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) techniques common to today’s electronic foundries.
  • They use 100 times less silicon to generate the same amount of electricity as conventional crystalline silicon solar cells.
  • 14-20 micrometers thick, they are 10 times thinner than conventional 6" by 6" brick-sized cells, yet perform at about the same efficiency.

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