Black Silicon to Revolutionize Solar Industry

Black silicon technology will be exploited to make the solar-powered systems profitable

By Oana Grigoras on December 30th, 2011 09:47 GMT

Scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have come up with a black silicon technology, seeking to make solar power more competitive with other types of energy over the next decade.

New Jersey-based Natcore will benefit from their findings, exploring the new path to launch a new generation of products, cheaper and much more advanced.

The silicon wafer licensed recently could count as a game-changer on the market of solar-powered appliances, since experts talk about potential improvements posed by infra-red imaging systems and night-vision.

According to its developers, the material displays a sensitivity to light up to 500 times bigger than its predecessor, the common, widely-used silicon detectors.

Financial benefits are also expected, since cell processing costs could decrease by 8%, due to the ingenious invention.

The collaboration between NREL and Natcore aims to make the black silicon technology even more affordable while boosting a new generation of solar cells  more energy-efficient, harnessing optimal amounts of sunlight throughout the entire day.
Black silicon technology developed by scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
   Black silicon technology developed by scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
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