A Different Dimension – PV cell designed to be a ‘predator of light’ is targeting a huge boost in efficiency, writes Darius Snieckus

‘A Different Dimension’ Article

Start-up Solar 3D is in the final throes of designing the prototype of a crystalline silicon cell (CSi) it reckons could reach game-changing efficiencies of better than 25% using micro-PV technology and light management techniques gleaned from the fiber-optic industry.

The “three-dimensional” PV micro-cell being developed by the company in Santa Barbara, California, aims to solve two key shortcomings of traditional two-dimensional concepts that greatly diminish how much sunlight is converted into electricity: light reflection and electron loss.

Solar3D Website

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