The silicon solar cells created in the Sandia Nationatal Laboratory They are small, light and flexible, but inside they have all the elements necessary to operate with high efficiency. They can be incorporated into any material or product, from satellites to consumer electronics or biomedical devices, to name a few.

Researcher Andy McIlroy and his team have been working on this project since 2009, now their work is ready to go to market. They entered into a license agreement with the new company mPower Technology Inc to create the first production lines.

“It’s a very exciting time for solar energy […] a lot is changing and we’re excited to be a part of it. These projects will accelerate a rapid change in energy infrastructure around the world. »Murat Okandan, Founder and CEO of mPower Technology.

They use micro-design and microfabrication techniques. They allow new forms of faster and less expensive integration in different materials, compared to solar energy systems in buildings. Each unit requires 100 times less semiconductors than traditional solar cells, but they can generate the same amount of electricity thanks to their tiny integrated lenses. Commercial cells of any size can be manufactured.

The product offers higher voltage, greater reliability and lower costs than standard silicon PV cells.

The main limitation of silicon is that if it bends or bends, it cracks and breaks. This technology makes it virtually indestructible while maintaining the high efficiency and reliability of silicon. This allows us to integrate solar energy in ways that were not possible before, such as in flexible materials.

The cost of photovoltaic systems has fallen by 70% over the past seven years and the number of installations has increased more than tenfold. These projects will further accelerate solar projects.

This license will allow mPower to run a marketing campaign to attract more investment. The company has produced prototypes of various products that potential customers are already testing.

+ Information: phys.org