Tunable ultra-high-efficiency concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar cell start-up QuantaSol will begin pilot production on the back of confirmed orders for its novel cell technology, valued at over 1MW. The company said that a successful period of global customer sampling of its combined quantum-well and triple-junction cell technology had led to orders that would delivered through the first half of 2011.
“Our technology has always been focused on achieving maximum efficiency and power output in real-world conditions, and this has been pivotal in moving forward from the lab stage towards production,” commented Chris Shannon, CEO of QuantaSol. “Working with some of the best in the industry, we have been able to demonstrate genuine advantages in cost per kWh terms and this is a positive achievement for the solar industry.”
QuantaSol uses a strain-balanced quantum-well solar cell (SB-QWSC) that is tunable to the spectrum and is a spin-off from Imperial College Imperial, London, UK.