We recently received a thoughtful e-mail from one of our shareholders, in which he said:
… I just wanted to take a moment to point out an area of possible confusion on my part…regarding the true goal(s) of solar cell development by Natcore. After reading the two most recent press releases…it seems to many that the thrust…is evolving more along the lines of overall cost reduction rather than increases in overall cell efficiency. I am still a believer that the goal is to both increase efficiency and reduce the cost of production…
We’re Natcore Technology. Even though we don’t make solar cells, we control technology that promises to make solar energy cost-competitive with energy derived from fossil fuels.
To reach that goal, we must double the efficiency of solar cells and/or halve their cost. Our technology promises to do both.
So we’re changing how solar cells are made. We have gathered the brightest scientific team in the solar industry; established exclusive licenses and/or joint research agreements with Rice University, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the University of Virginia; and received 18 patents (with 36 more pending).
Using our liquid phase deposition, black silicon, and laser technology, we grow a thin anti-reflective coating on a silicon disc without the need for toxic chemicals or a high-temperature vacuum furnace.
Although our technology can also have dramatic impact on semiconductors, optical components, eyewear, aerospace exploration, and architectural coatings, we have chosen to concentrate on solar energy. In that area, our scientists have made many breakthroughs, which you’ll discover as you explore this Web site.
Once our objective is at hand, we can turn our attention to generating revenue with license agreements, royalties, equipment sales, and chemical sales.
Static Tandem Solar Cell
Perhaps our most important application: by increasing solar cell efficiency to 30% or more (standard cells are about 17% efficient), tandem solar cells can nearly double solar cell power output. Read More