In a recent news release (“Natcore’s Black Silicon Technology Projected to Slash Solar Cell Production Costs by 23.5%”) we announced that our scientists had discovered how to streamline the solar cell production process in a manner that would dramatically lower its cost.
We also said that analysts at the country’s leading black silicon research facility calculated the production cost of a cell using Natcore’s black silicon process to be 13¢ per watt, while that of a conventional silicon solar cell would be 17¢ per watt.
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That’s a bold claim. But consider this: Natcore Technology controls a new thin-film growth process that promises to allow mass manufacturing of tandem solar cells with twice the efficiency of the best solar cells available today.
This would mean that solar energy would finally be cost-competitive with conventional power. And that we can significantly diminish our dependence on fossil fuels.
Moreover, our technology allows for solar cell production that eradicates the need for toxic silane; eliminates the need for intensive energy used to apply the antireflective coating; and significantly lowers silicon usage. But our world-changing technology also promises to have dramatic impact on semiconductor devices; optical components; eyewear; aerospace exploration; and architectural coatings, among other uses. Read More
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