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Solar glass process enhanced

Post Time:Jan 10,2012Classify:Industry NewsView:258

US-based New Energy Technologies has been able to produce its latest SolarWindow prototype using a process that can be scaled up more quickly towards commercial production and at faster speeds.


The company's enhanced scale-up process still allows for the application of its electricity-generating coatings to be applied at room temperature onto glass. The technology forms the basis of translucent window and glass products for building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) applications.


The new solution-coating method is an alternative to the spray coating process the company has been using and allows for rapid scale-up to larger glass surface areas. The advanced process also allows for more uniform application of functional coatings, to make the company's SolarWindows.


The technique has been demonstrated as compatible with roll-to-roll fabrication methods, potentially providing for large-scale manufacturing. Earlier in 2011, New Energy researchers successfully applied the SolarWindow electricity-generating coatings onto flexible plastic, which could be developed in time as a tinted window film that also produces electricity.



Several firms are in the running to commercialise low-cost solar cell processes based on organic electronic materials. Konarka in the US is working with partners to integrate its PowerPlastic film into new types of building-integrated and automotive-integrated PV applications.


Heliatek, which is commercialising a vacuum deposition roll-to-roll process, expects to announce an application in the BIPV field in 2012.


Solarmer in the US will most likely make commercial announcements regarding its roll-to-roll-printed solar cell technology in the first half of 2012 and is targeting portable power applications as initial commercial opportunities for its technology.


Source: www.plusplasticelectronics.comAuthor: shangyi

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