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Nanosolar has developed proprietary technology that makes it possible to simply roll-print solar cells that require only 1/100th as thick an absorber as a silicon-wafer cell yet deliver similar performance and durability. Efficient and durable thin-film CIGS (Copper Indium Gallium Diselenide) and innovated production throughput deliver the world’s most cost-efficient solar electricity cell.

According to their home page, Nanosolar is on track to make solar electricity:

  • cost-efficient for ubiquitous deployment
  • mass-produced on a global scale
  • available in many versatile forms

The spray-on film is printed on a material that can be rolled out on any surface, so it could be built into building materials such as roof tiles and windows.

Nanosolar says that their panels will be the world's lowest-cost solar panel, selling for as little as $.99/Watt. [1]

Contents

About

Official Website

Latest Developments

From http://nanosolar.com/

Videos


.59 Minutes Nanosolar 1GW Coater
World's first 1GW solar production tool. Breakthrough in the production of solar electricity cells: Printing of solar cells using nanoparticle ink. Printing is a non-vacuum coating process that eliminates the need for a high-vacuum chamber as it is conventionally used. Printing is 200 times more capital efficient: A twenty times slower high-vacuum tool costs ten times as much. (YouTube; June 17, 2008)


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  • Nano Solar - Nano-solar -- This is a company that as the potential to change the world. It has developed proprietary technology that makes it possible to simply roll-print solar cells that require only 1/100th as thick an absorber as a silicon-wafer cell.... (YouTube; April 12, 2007)

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  • 525,600+ Minutes Per Year - There's more available energy than humanity can imagine... (YouTube; Dec 3, 2007)

Other Videos

Photos

Nanosolar provides "new solar electric cells based on the economics of printing"
Source: Sunshine in a Can' (CNBC; Oct 26, 2007)

Products

http://www.nanosolar.com/products.htm

The following two products are now available to wholesale volume customers. Additional products are presently in various stages of prototyping and development. 25-year warranty.

Nanosolar Utility Panel™

"Our first product, the Nanosolar Utility Panel™, is the industry's first panel specifically designed for optimal utility-scale systems economics."

Nanosolar SolarPly™

"Light-weight solar-electric cell foil which can be cut to any size. Non-fragile. No soldering required for electrical contact."

Patents

http://www.nanosolar.com/ip2.htm

"Nanosolar has over 180 patents issued, licensed, or pending regarding all critical aspects of nanostructured materials, solar-cell technology, cost-efficient high-throughput processing, and relevant product and equipment designs."

Profiles

Company: NanoSolar

The company has received in excess of $150 million in start-up money.

They are completely sold out for first year after plant is running.

"Founded in 2002, we are building the world's largest solar cell factory in California and the world's largest panel-assembly factory in Germany." [2]

"We are presently a private company and therefore have no stock symbol and no shares available for purchase by the public." [3]

Completing it's $100M manufacturing plant, the company is starting up the manufacture of nearly 500 megawatts of solar generating capacity per year.

NanosolarSanJose.jpg
Nanosolar's 140,000 sqft facility in San Jose, California

NanosolarBerlin.jpg
Nanosolar's 507,000 sqft manufacturing site near Berlin, Germany

Indium

Quoting from Wikipedia:Indium#Occurrence_and_consumption

Indium ranks 61st in abundance in the Earth's crust at approximately 0.25 ppm, which means it is more than three times as abundant as silver, which occurs at 0.075 ppm

The Indium Corporation, the largest processor of indium, claim that, on the basis of increasing recovery yields during extraction, recovery from a wider range of base metals (including tin, copper and other polymetallic deposits) and new mining investments, the long-term supply of indium is sustainable, reliable and sufficient to meet increasing future demands. This conclusion also seems reasonable in light of the fact that silver, a less abundant element, is currently mined at approximately 18,300 tonnes per annum, which is 40 times greater than current indium mining rates.

Coverage

Awards

http://www.nanosolar.com/AwardsReviews.htm

  • Nanosolar wins PopSci award - Nanosolar PowerSheet thin film solar panel has won the 2007 Popular Science Innovation of the Year award. They are made with printing-press-style machines that set down a layer of solar-absorbing nano-ink onto metal sheets as thin as aluminum foil, so the panels can be made for as little as 30 cents a watt. (Popular Science; 2007)

In the News

  • NanoSolar Rakes in Another $50 Million - EDF Energies Nouvelles, a renewable energy provider that serves up 1.4 gigawatts of power throughout Europe, has invested $50 million in NanoSolar, at least in part in order to get access to some of the panels they're producing. Already, NanoSolar is undercutting the price per watt of every other photovoltaic provider on the planet. They've done this by developing a technique whereby they can basically print solar panels. (EcoGeek; )
  • First CIGS thin-film panels shipped - Nanosolar has started shipping thin-film solar panels, making it the first company to market copper indium gallium selenide, or CIGS, solar products. They are going to a solar power plant in Germany that will use Nanosolar's Utility Panel to drive the cost efficiency of solar electricity systems. (Cleantech; Dec. 18, 2007)
  • Large-Scale, Cheap Solar Electricity - Nanosolar, a well-financed California startup, is promising to build a solar-cell factory that could finally make solar power affordable. Printing technique involves a thin film of copper, indium, gallium, and selenium. (MIT Technology Review; June 23, 2006)
  • Making Gasoline from Carbon Dioxide - Chemists have shown that it is possible to use solar energy, paired with the right catalyst, to convert carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide, a raw material for making a wide range of products, including plastics and gasoline. Carbon monoxide is a key ingredient for making synthetic fuels, including syngas, methanol, and gasoline. (MIT Technology Review; Apr. 25, 2007)
  • Green dreams - Editorial leader to the Nov 18th print edition (The Economist, Nov 18, 2006)
  • Breakthrough in solar photovoltaics - Nanosolar Inc, of California, thinks they can produce solar energy for less than 5 cents per kilowatt-hour using 3D nanocomposite ultra-thin-absorber cells. (The Hindu, India; Feb. 3, 2005)
  • Powering the Future - A cover story about where the world will get its energy from. (National Geographic, Aug 2005)
  • Nanosolar Aiming for the Sun - Nanosolar is in competition with Konarka and Nanosys to bring nanotechnology-based improvements in solar efficiency and reductions in cost. They claim they can manufacture 100 feet of cheap, flexible material in the same time that it takes to manufacture 1-2 feet of traditional solar paneling. (MIT Technology Review; June 15, 2005)


  • Living on Earth. Interviews with Shell Solar, Powerlight, and Nanosolar. (National Public Radio, July 9, 2004)
  • Solar-Cell Roll-Out - "Breakthroughs in nanotech are making it possible to churn out cheap, flexible solar cells by the meter. Soon your cell phone may be powered by the sun." (MIT Technology Review, June 2004)
  • Bright Ideas - Forbes editorial on new technologies to harness solar energy. (Forbes. Nov 24, 2003)
  • Bets are On Again - The WSJ points to Nanosolar as a first in a new market category of venture investments. (The Wall Street Journal. Aug 28, 2003)

Competitors

  • Top 100: Solar > PV >
    Konarka's PowerPlastic Photovoltaic Solar - Konarka is an advanced R&D company, dedicated to the commercialization of power solutions based on a proprietary, solid-state, flexible, low-cost photovoltaics platform that can convert sunlight and even indoor light into electricity. (PESWiki; Sept. 8, 2008)
  • Top 100: Solar > Thin Film > Dye Sensitized >
    G24 Innovations Ltd rolls out solar - Automated "roll-to-roll" manufacturing process transforms a lightweight roll of metal foil into a 100-pound half-mile of G24i’s Dye Sensitized Thin Film in less than three hours. This material is rugged, flexible, lightweight and generates electricity even indoors and in low light conditions.

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Contact

http://nanosolar.com/contact.htm

United States
Nanosolar, Inc.
5521 Hellyer Avenue
San Jose, CA 95138
Fax: 408.365.5965
Email: info@nanosolar.com

Global Press Contact
press@nanosolar.com

Global Alliances Contact
partners@nanosolar.com

Europe
Nanosolar GmbH
Frankenfelder Chaussee 2
14943 Luckenwalde
Germany
Fax: +49.3371.68986 x100
Email: info@nanosolar.de

See also

SOLAR GENERAL:

SOLAR MODALITIES:

SOLAR INFRASTRUCTURE

SOLAR APPLICATIONS:

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