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I have always believed that one of my most important functions as CEO is to translate English to English, especially when trying to bridge the language barrier that sometimes exists between science and business.

Natcore’s all-back-contact foil cell has received much attention, and even more so since it was presented at the IEEE Photovoltaic Conference in Washington, DC earlier this summer.  We feel that the key points driving that recent attention include the direct path we have to 25% efficiency, the reduced cost resulting from virtually eliminating silver from the manufacturing process, and the additional benefit of reducing the cell-to-module energy loss that occurs when cells are introduced into modules or solar panels……

We are creating the next generation of solar cells. Our technology will change the world.

We are Natcore Technology. We’re a solar R&D company.

And we are creating technology that promises to make solar energy even more cost-competitive with energy derived from fossil fuels.

To reach that goal, we must attain the highest silicon cell efficiencies at the lowest cost. Our technology promises to do both.

So we’re changing how solar cells are made. We have attracted a team of scientists well known for their achievements in the solar industry. We’ve established exclusive licenses and/or joint research agreements with Rice University, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Fraunhofer ISE and the University of Virginia. We’ve received 31 patents (with 34 more pending).

Natcore is aggressively developing two primary technologies:

  • Low-cost, all-back-contact solar cell structures.
  • Black Silicon cells.

We’ve not only achieved exciting new scientific advances in these technologies, we’re also now engaging partners who will help us commercialize them.

We plan to generate revenue from these technologies via licensing agreements, royalties and material sales agreements with solar cell manufacturers and equipment producers.

And through our Best-of-Breed program—wherein we leverage our knowledge to function as a consultant on the design and construction of solar cell and panel fabrication facilities and solar farms—we are now generating important revenue to support our R&D efforts.

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