Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Solar Cell Developments


More Developments in
"The Great Solar Race"

Global Solar Energy Inc. (GSE) Tucson Arizona are claiming to have reached new levels of efficiency in breakthrough development of solar cells based on copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) thin-film technology.

The cells are said to have achieved10 percent efficiency. Which for flexible lightweight cells is apparently quite good.

GSE is yet another runner in the Great Solar Race it has a plant being built in Berlin and plans another in the USA. The Solar Race is not yet off to a real start and the price per watt for cells is falling much slower than expected.

Thin Film Solar Cells IMHO is still one of the most exciting areas in renewable energy because:

1. The technology, unlike wind for instance, is virtually maintenance free.
2. It has little or no impact on the environment if properly installed, noise free and almost invisible in many cases.
3. The cost per watt is likely soon to be much lower than wind for domestic or small installations.


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