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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.

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  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.

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