New Energy has announced that it has, in collaboration with NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory), improved the manufacturing process for its SolarWindow, which is in development. The company has developed a manufacturing process that allows the use of low-cost materials to decrease production cost as well as an increase in movement of electrons within the solar cells. Further, the improvement includes processing of cells at lower temperatures.
“Over the past few months, our researchers have unveiled a virtually invisible conductive wiring system, which collects and transports electricity on SolarWindow prototypes and have fabricated a large area working module, which is more than 14-times larger than previous organic photovoltaic devices fabricated at NREL,” John A. Conklin, president and CEO of New Energy Technologies, explained. “Earlier, we developed our first-ever working SolarWindow prototype using a faster, rapid scale-up process for applying solution-based coatings. Together, these achievements have moved us closer to our manufacturing, scale-up, durability, and power production goals – all important factors to advancing our SolarWindow technology towards commercial launch.”