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January 20, 2006



They seem to be describing a similar process as the other companies you mention, Jim, but they are also using quantum dots which offer much greater absorption qualities than normal thin-film PVs (theoretic efficiencies as high as 65% are possible with quantum dots).

If these guys can make cheap, easily mass-produced thin-film PVs with efficiencies in the 20-40% range, this could be revolutionary ... of course, there's a lot of coulds, ifs and cans in there ...

Jim from The Energy Blog

Konarka also has a joint development with Evident Technologies to use quantum dots in its solar cells that sound the most like Inovalight's of any of the companies that I listed. The reservation I have about these two companies is that they seem to be concentrating all their efforts on fabrics and battery chargers for the military rather than solar panels. It could be that is the only good source of funding for their development.

Kyocera, Ovonics and Sanyo are already in production, perhaps with a product not as effficient as those being developed by Inovalight and Konarka.

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Very interesting stuff, thanks!




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