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July 20th, 2007
Solar Needs Brain Power
Other companies applying new kinds of nanoscale manufacturing technologies to make solar cells more affordable: Miasolé of Santa Clara, Calif., said it will start volume production of its sputtered thin-film copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) on flexible stainless-steel foil sometime later this year.
President and CEO Dave Pearce said the company is "running the first vacuum system every day and now bringing up a second roll-to-roll coater" but that he is waiting for higher efficiencies before starting commercial production. Although the company's R&D tool reportedly consistently makes cells of 8 to 10 percent efficiency on 5 ft 2 in substrates, the production roll coaters are still running mostly in the 4 to 6 percent range.
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