14 December 2011
Quantum Solar Power Corp. is pleased to announce that the company has achieved a milestone in the development of its solar technology.
Quantum's first photovoltaic (PV) prototype suitable for performance characteristics testing will be submitted to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in early 2012 for certification. Dr. Andras Pattantyus-Abraham, chief technology officer of Quantum, and his team of 13 scientists at Quantum's laboratory in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada have been working for more than two years toward a testable prototype of their approach to the next generation of solar PV devices.
Quantum Solar Power's PV Comparison Chart
Quantum's next-generation device (NGD) technology uses a novel approach combining a barrier oxide layer with a patent-pending absorber layer, replacing the traditional semiconductor layer used in crystalline silicon (c-Si) and thin-film PV. NGD has the potential to remove the less effective silicon semiconductor-based technologies and the more exotic rare earth element-based thin-film technologies used in PV today. Quantum's NGD technology has the potential to match the efficiency of c-Si PV at the cost of thin-film PV. The anticipated technology uses only abundant and inexpensive materials. If successful, Quantum has the possibility of creating solar cells at a significantly lower cost per watt ($/Wp) than current technologies.
NREL is a premier independent laboratory in Golden, Colorado that tests the performance of commercial, developmental and research PV devices. NREL is one of only two laboratories in the world that have International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 17025 accredited cell calibration. NREL's role in verifying device performance for the PV industry will serve as an important next step in Quantum's research and development (R&D) program.
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