3D Solar Cells
The near completion of the making of the new generation solar cell prototype is seen as a key milestone in getting the most of the solar energy advantages especially in turning solar power affordable to all.
Solar3D, Inc., a California-based company and the makers of what they call the new, “super- efficient” solar cell has announced recently that it has successfully completed the design of the experimental model and that they are now on their way to the completion of every design elements such as the 3-dimensional photovoltaic structure, the optical element and the suitability of the design for mass production.
It took one year for their team to conduct intensive research, development, and testing. The CEO of Solar3D said that once everything is complete, the production of these technologically advanced solar cells will pave a way for changes in the solar industry as well as the opinion of consumers about the utilization of solar power.
3D Solar Cells and Advantages
The 3-dimesional solar cell technology offers a new way to maximize the conversion of solar energy into electricity. This breakthrough technology is patterned from the light management techniques used in fiber optic devices, in which the 3D design is used to harvest sunlight in micro-photovoltaic structures where photons travel around until they are turned into electrons.
According to the developers, the efficiency of the new solar cell will be significantly higher compared to the present solar technology in the market. They believe that this much more efficient solar cell technology will create a huge impact in making this an attractive business for investors.
Jim Nelson, Solar3D’s CEO emphasized that their new solar cell technology provides an economically competitive way to generate power. This is in addition to other solar energy advantages over fossil-fuelled power sources. The company’s goal is to make solar power available and affordable to worldwide consumers. Their engineers are developing not only more efficient solar power instruments but also products that can be massively produced.
They consider this new achievement as their significant share in the industry’s campaign particularly SunShot initiative by Stephen Chu, the Energy Secretary which aims at bringing solar electricity rates at par with traditional providers.
Although, at present, this new solar cell technology is currently under positive development and nearly on its way to completion, but the fact that the potential scope of the market will be worldwide, this can be considered a big leap not only in our concern about global warming but it could also pose as one of the viable solutions to the growing global unemployment and economic problem.