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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.


Official Website






Press Releases



Latest Developments


Nanosolar outshines the competition with a $300M financing - (VentureBeat Aug, 27, 2008)

Nanosolar ships first panels

Nanosolar awarded largest Solar America contract

Nanosolar secures 647,000 sqft of manufacturing space

Nanosolar raises $100,000,000 building factory

IBM's top manufacturing executive joins Nanosolar



.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)

Sunshine in a Can (2:35 minutes) - A Silicon Valley company is harnessing the power of the sun along with one of the hottest technology trends to supply electricity, reports CNBCs Jim Goldman (CNBC exclusive Oct 26, 2007)

Big Opportunity In Nanosolar (CNBC, Oct 26, 2007)

readers' response

Global Challenges (CNN)

Modern Marvels (History Channel)

Solar City -- The Future of Nanosolar (KQED)

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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

nanosolar nano solar solarenergie in German shows working of machinery

Towards Energy Autonomy 1 (at Google) - Introduction by Martin Roscheisen, CEO, Nanosolar

Towards Energy Autonomy 2 (at Google)


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Source: Sunshine in a Can' (CNBC Oct 26, 2007)


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.

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Nanosolar Utility Panel™

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

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Nanosolar SolarPly™

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


"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."


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."

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

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

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

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


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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.



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)

Nanosolar: #1 of Green Energy Top 20 (Web) - "...give Nanosolar a huge jump on its competitors" (Plenty Magazine, March 17, 2007)

In the News - list of news stories about NanoSolar - Press Releases

Revolutionary solar technology is set to transform energy generation (cache) - Ed Firmage on the "hightechification" of energy generation. "We are in the early stages of the commoditization of power generation." (Salt Lake Tribune, Apr 3, 2008)

Solar Cells Now Cheaper Than Coal! - Nanosolar has created a thin film solar battery, much more efficient than anything existing on the market nowadays.

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 )

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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)

EDF Energies Nouvelles Enters Strategic Partnership with California-Based Nanosolar - EDF announces strategic partnership with Nanosolar (Greentech Media, Apr 3, 2008)

A Green Energy Industry Takes Root in California - "...[Nanosolar] could absolutely transform the market..." (The New York Times, Feb 1, 2008)

Solar energy 'revolution' brings green power closer - "The holy grail of renewable energy..." (The Guardian, Dec 29, 2007)

Nanosolar 'prints' first solar cells By Michael Kanellos (CNET, Dec 29, 2007)

Nanosolar's growing aims - By Matt Nauman (San Jose Mercury News, Dec 29, 2007)

10 Questions for Nanosolar CEO - Earth2Tech Q&A (Earth2Tech, July 30, 2007)

Solar Power Heats Up With Nanotechnology - Forbes / Wolfe Nanotech Report (Forbes, July 9, 2007)

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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)

San Jose aiming to be 'Cleantech' capital - The city of San Jose collaborates with Nanosolar (The Wall Street Journal, May 23, 2007)

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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)

A New Day Dawns for Solar - U.S. DoE selects Nanosolar for $20m grant (Energy and Capital, March 16, 2007)

VentureOne: Cleantech funding doubles - Nanosolar listed as largest greentech financing in 2006 (Reuters, Feb 28, 2007)

Green dreams - Editorial leader to the Nov 18th print edition (The Economist, Nov 18, 2006)

Nanosolar set for expected clean-tech boom Shawn McCarthy in Canada's national newspaper. (Globe and Mail, November 12, 2006)

Thin Film-Solar's Holy Grail - "...owns the best-in-class thin-film technology." (Energy and Capital, Sept 19, 2006)

Nanosolar to build world's largest solar cell factory ... - "...has succeeded in taking far-out nanotechnology " (SiliconBeat, June 20, 2006)

Nanosolar Gets $100M for PV - By Jennifer Kho. (Red Herring, June 21, 2006)

World's largest solar plant planned in Bay Area - Nanosolar choosing Bay Area location for cell factory. (GlobeSt, June 21, 2006)

Green Growth Areas for Entrepreneurs - By Jeffrey Gangemi. (Business Week, June 20, 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)

Green Tinge Is Attracting Seed Money to Ventures - The NY Times on investments in new solar electricity companies. (New York Times, June 22, 2005)

Google Founders Invest in Solar Energy - CNET Editor Michael Kanellos digs up previously unannounced information on Nanosolar's investors. (CNET, June 12, 2005)

The Top 100 Private Companies: Nanosolar - Nanosolar named one of the Top 100 Private Companies in North America. (Red Herring, May 11, 2005)

World events spark interest in solar cell energy start-ups - Leader for SJMN's quarterly venture capital survey. (San Jose Mercury News, Aug 15th 2004)

DARPA selects contractors to develop next-generation solar cells - Nanosolar wins largest grant in competitive field of 200 companies. (EE Times, Aug 15, 2004)

Clean-tech firms attract growing share of venture dollars - Associated Press about Nanosolar leading a new wave of green technology investments. (USA Today / CNN / NY Times, April 26, 2004)

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)

VCs investing in solar-cell technologies - Newsweek describes Nanosolar to report that greentech companies are now being funded by venture capitalists. (Newsweek. Nov 17, 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)

$6.5 Million Being Invested in a Venture on Solar Cells - The NY Times reports Nanosolar's company formation. (The New York Times. June 19, 2003)


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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD: Directory:Solar > Directory:Solar PhotoVoltaics >Directory: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)

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Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD: Directory:Solar > Directory:Thin Film Solar > Directory:Thin Film Solar > Directory:G24 Innovations Limited - 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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United States

Nanosolar, Inc.

5521 Hellyer Avenue

San Jose, CA 95138

Fax: 408.365.5965

Email: []

Global Press Contact


Global Alliances Contact



Nanosolar GmbH

Frankenfelder Chaussee 2

14943 Luckenwalde


Fax: +49.3371.68986 x100

Email: []

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