US-based three-dimensional solar cell start-up Solar3D is planning to produce a manufacturing prototype of its cell technology in 2013.
The company said that the pilot run would prove the technology was viable with its claimed high conversion efficiencies in advance of selecting a manufacturing partner to volume-produce the cells. Solar3D said that market entry was planned for sometime in 2014.
Jim Nelson, CEO of Solar3D said: “We are focused on bringing this breakthrough technology to market. We are on our way to the next major step – the production of a manufacturing prototype, which is required to undertake a pilot production run this year. The pilot run will prove the 3D Cell's performance characteristics in a production environment and lead us to a manufacturing partner and entry into the marketplace by 2014.”