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Natcore Technology has created the world’s first commercially-viable absolute black silicon cell. The company claims that by using a scalable liquid phase disposition (LPD) process, the groundbreaking solar cell can make virtually 100% of received sunlight available for conversion into electricity.

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  1. Luca Gautero April 12, 2015 at 7:19 am

    First of all, let\\\’s give the credit to Natcore since industrializing black silicon is a VERY big achievement.
    They mention it as well: ” is only a component ” of the solar cell, and I would add that is only a component of a solar module, where the solar cells are encapsulated.
    Unfortunately, like in an audio system where the music will sound as bad as the worst component in the audio system, the achievement of black silicon processing might be shadowed by the encapsulation procedure, which involves glass with its optical limitations. It would be worthwhile to apply anti-reflection coating on glass. Though the technology in the field is not so advanced to enable a >20 years stable performances.

    To: Larry Kirkpatrick
    There is a lot of confusion between relative and absolute percentage increase. Press release normally use the higher of the two to make audience. As said before, the achievement stated here is a milestone in technology. After a lot of experience in the field I rather see a small and proven evolution of existing than a shouted revolution.

    To Willem J. de Koe: Upconversion (convert infrared and deep infrared light to for example visible light) is a valuable technology, even at a loss in the conversion, the spectrum is better used. However, the amount available from the sun spectrum is not much. Furthermore, a regular silicon based solar cell is doing already quite good down to 1200nm wavelength (which is already IR) and will continue to evolve to improve that range. The dramatic increase that you can expect is an absolute 1 to 2 % and a relative 5 to 10% efficiency increase. Choose the absolute or the relative as you wish 😉

  2. Larry Kirkpatrick February 26, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    3 % more efficient and and Motley Fool has been claiming it is 2x more efficient “twice as powerful in there news letter the last year or so.much a do about nothing unless it is twice as cheap by the watt which i doubt and still no vendors for it.i smell a rat.Thank goodness Obama didnt give them any money. any comments or corrections Motley Fool?

  3. Willem J. de Koe January 12, 2014 at 5:23 am

    How convert this Natcore & NREL scientists the infra red part of the light spectrum into electricity ? If they not succeed we better wait for what AMOLF in Amsterdam is cooking. They claimed years ago that there technology in 5 years will increase the efficiency dramatically. I think that we wait once in a month of Sundays for developments like this.

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