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June 15th, 2005

Aiming for the Sun

According to Nanosolar, solar electricity today remains around three times more expensive than electrical grid power. Nanosolar's technology gains efficiency by optimizing power-conversion performance, product cost, and product lifetime, as well as lower installation costs. The company has developed a proprietary technology to create cost-efficient solar panels. Whereas most current solar cells use traditional silicon semiconductors and are costly to manufacture, Nanosolar's "thin-film" approach would replace today's fragile, vacuum-based silicon materials with a roll-printed process that covers a substrate of nanostructured materials with a solution. As a result, Nanosolar claims it can manufacture 100 feet of cheap, flexible material in the same time that it takes to manufacture 1-2 feet of traditional solar paneling.


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