Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Solar's New Horizon
Despite a lackluster market in the US, some American companies lead the world in solar power. Spectrolab is one of those companies, with a whopping 60% of the extra-terrestrial market, (cell phone satellites) they have exceeded efficiencies again!
One day in the not too distant future, if we all invest in and demand investment in Solar energy, the sun will be the primary provider of energy for humanity and will give us an endless supply of energy.
Spectrolab, a Boeing subsidiary, has set yet another world record for terrestrial concentrator solar cell efficiency by designing a cell that converts 41.6 percent of concentrated sunlight into electricity. (2/2008)
The new record reinstates Spectrolab’s reputation as the leading company in high efficiency multijunction solar cells.
“This cell is an advanced version of our lattice-matched cell technology that will be incorporated quickly and successfully into our production line. This milestone underscores our emphasis on realizing the highest efficiency cells in high-volume production,” Spectrolab’s President, David Lillington, told Solar Buzz.
The U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., independently tested the efficiency of the Spectrolab cell in June, validating that it surpassed the previous record of 41.1 percent held by the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany.
High-efficiency solar cells in concentrator systems require fewer cells to produce the same electrical output as conventional solar cells. They enable energy producers to generate more electrical power from typical industrial solar panels and pass on lower costs to homeowners, businesses and other end users.