Solar3D, a developer of 3-dimensional solar cell technology for maximizing conversion of sunlight into electricity, has unveiled its working prototype at an event held at the University of California.
The event was hosted by the Institute for Energy Efficiency. Bloomberg TV had covered the event which was attended by a number of dignitaries.
Earlier this month, Solar3D had announced the completion of its proof-of-concept, functioning prototype, whose performance was greater than expected.
The CEO of Solar3D, Jim Nelson, stated that it was pleasing to know that their work and their progress in the development of novel solar technology were being observed by people in the industry.
Dignitaries who attended the event included Congresswoman Lois Capps of California’s 23rd Congressional District; the Dean of the College of Engineering at UCSB, Rod Alferness; and the Executive Director of UCSB’s Institute for Energy Efficiency, David Auston.
Nelson reported that the Solar3D Cell produced 250% of the power generated by the basic solar cell. This was possible due to its higher efficiency in production of power and the ability of the cell surface to collect light from a wide angle. The wide-angle light collection feature enables light collection for more number of hours every day throughout the year. Solar3D believes in 3D light trapping and conversion, and is now intent on commercializing the technology and product.
The company is planning to develop a manufacturing prototype and pilot production is expected to commence in early 2013. This will enable Solar3D to get a manufacturing partner for commercializing the product.
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