Swedish Firm Claims Photovoltaic Breakthrough

April 21, 2016 By Carl Weinschenk

commercial solar Energy ManageSol Voltaics AB, a Swedish firm, claims that it has successfully aligned and oriented nanowires in a thin film. This, the company said, could lead to photovoltaic modules that reach efficiency levels of 27 percent or more, which is about 50 percent more than current modules.

Commentary in the press release says that while nanowires show promise in solar energy uses, they are difficult to align “due to their high aspect ratios and material characteristics.” Sol Voltaics’ claimed achievement could be a step toward production of highly efficient solar films for tandem solar photovoltaic modules. Last year, the company said that it had achieved a photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 15.3 percent.

Last October, SolarCity announced what it said is the world’s most efficient rooftop solar panel. The claimed efficiency is 22 percent.

One comment on “Swedish Firm Claims Photovoltaic Breakthrough

  1. I’m waiting for thin film that turns a window into a solar panel, but allows it to still be transparent. Oh, and at a reasonable payback. I don’t get it, we can build chromatic glass but for some reason we can figure out the technology to pull this off.

    When this is solved it will be a game-changer!

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