Making Solar Panels with an Ion Cannon

March 20, 2012 · Print This Article

Twin Creeks Technologies has announced a new method to manufacture less expensive solar cells. While we see many new ways of making cheap solar panels, most of these methods focus on producing panels with alternative materials rather than silicon. But the method developed by Twin Creeks produces ultra-thin pieces of crystalline silicon by using an ion cannon dubbed Hyperion.

There are a number of different materials that are used for solar

cells, but crystalline silicon is the material that has been used for cells with the highest efficiency. Unfortunately, it plus has a very high cost. Much of the thickness of the silicon cell does not contribute to making electricity. Thinner cells would work as well, and use less material, but they have been too hard to produce until now, considering crystalline silicon is a fragile and brittle material.

The Hyperion […]

[Source] Cynthia


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