Close

Search

Search Menu
Photonics Media Photonics Buyers' Guide Photonics EDU Photonics Spectra BioPhotonics EuroPhotonics Industrial Photonics Photonics Showcase Photonics ProdSpec Photonics Handbook
More News
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
2016 Photonics Buyers' Guide Clearance! – Use Coupon Code FC16 to save 60%!
share
Email Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Comments

Thin Solar Concentrator Prototype

Photonics Spectra
Apr 2011
HyperSolar Inc., a solar cell power output technology company, has completed a prototype design of its thin solar concentrator. The company’s goal is to develop an inexpensive and thin solar concentrator to replace expensive solar cells in conventional flat solar panels. The initial prototype is designed to provide 300 percent light magnification, but the company aims for at least 400 percent in its final commercial product. HyperSolar said that when successfully commercialized, a concentrator delivering 400 percent light magnification could reduce the number of cells in a solar panel by 75 percent, dramatically lowering the cost per watt of solar electricity. The commercial version of the concentrator is expected to be approximately 1 cm thick.


GLOSSARY
solar cell
A device for converting sunlight into electrical energy, consisting of a sandwich of P-type and N-type semiconducting wafers. A photon with sufficient energy striking the cell can dislodge an electron from an atom near the interface of the two crystal types. Electrons released in this way, collected at an electrode, can constitute an electrical current.
Comments
Terms & Conditions Privacy Policy About Us Contact Us
back to top

Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn YouTube RSS
©2016 Photonics Media
x Subscribe to Photonics Spectra magazine - FREE!