Recent studies in nanotechnology manufacturing have discovered how to create thinner solar cells, which means cost reductions. At North Carolina State University, several scientists have announced their ability to fashion a layer of amorphous silicon 70 nanometers thick instead of the usual thickness of 300-500 nanometers. As the active portion of the solar cell, the layer of amorphous silicon transforms energy from the sun into usable power.
If this method proves dependable, it will reduce the cost of producing thin-film solar cells, thereby offering consumers a more affordable source of alternative energy. Those waiting for a price drop in solar cells before investing in the new technology may not have to wait much longer.
About Missouri Wind and Solar: Based in the town of Seymour, Missouri Wind and Solar sells wind turbines, solar panels, and related products, offering worldwide shipping. Intended for DIY-ers, the company’s products include detailed instructions for installation through diagrams and instructional videos. For more information, visit www.mwands.com.