Gallery: Solar3D Unveils Groundbreaking Three-Dimensional Solar Cell Pr...


Solar3D just unveiled the first prototype of a new three-dimensional photovoltaic cell that it claims can achieve a groundbreaking internal efficiency of 25.47%. Traditional solar cells on today’s market waste as much as 30% of incident sunlight due to reflection – energy that the three-dimensional solar cell should be able to harness. Solar3D claims this next generation of solar cells will be “dramatically more efficient”, which ultimately will make solar more affordable.

Read the rest of this entry »


or your inhabitat account below


  1. BruceWayne Ryan March 27, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    This is the type of vision that leads to a new future for humanity. Keep up the future thinking.

  2. Mathias Aarre Mæhlum August 18, 2012 at 5:11 am

    Thanks btthinker!

    As far as I`m aware of Solar3D has yet to say anything about how much they solar cells would end up costing other than “Our solar cell technology will pave the way to a more solar future by lowering the cost per watt”.

    I can imagine solar concentrators such as Hypersolar would lower the incident angle and decrease efficiency in that regard, but I think we have to wait and see until these technologies mature a bit before any conclusions.

  3. bthinker August 1, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    On a sidenote, Welcome Mathias.

  4. bthinker August 1, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    This is promising for the fact there is much less need for solar tracking as well as the fact a greater amount of reflected light is capable of being captured. I have questions though, how will the cost compare to that of double/triple-junction cells such as the ones made by spectrolabs? Also, there are a variety of solar concentrators available to get near the same inputs efficiencies aside, will these 3D cells be capable of being aided by the like? For example, hypersolars films.

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
Federated Media Publishing - Home