Solar PV Technologies

CIGS:  The first to demonstrate solar PV on this ultrathin flexible ceramic was CEA in Grenoble, France on their CIGS line. 

Shortly after, the Albany, NY Nanocenter also dropped the ceramic into their CIGS line.  Both achieved near equivalent efficiencies on their first attempts. 

 

After CIGS came CZTS with the IBM Research Center. 

 

After that it was work with Lucintech, Toledo, OH on CdTe.  Hit the highlighted CdTE link to see more of the work from this collaboration.  If you're interested in adding solar PV to a drone while minimizing the weight add, this is the technology for you.

"Good for Solar PV CdTe......"
Dr. Al Compaan
President

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Advantages of Using Thin E-Strate®

Thin E-Strate® for active or passive device fabrication. More robust than silicon.

As a ceramic, 3YSZ is inert, of high purity, tolerates processing temperatures to 1200°C, and with its low thermal mass can tolerate high thermal shock during deposition or coating processes.

Being ultra thin to 20 microns thick, it presents a very low thermal resistance path for heat removal and a super thin profile for component coating.  Multi-layers of active layer coated Thin E-Strate® can easily be stacked into low profile components.

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Industry Applications of Thin E-Strate®

Thin E-Strate® redefines the world of robust flexible ultra-thin ceramic foils.  Major applications include:

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    Solar PV
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    Fuel Cells
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    Electronics
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    Gas Sensors
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    Cladding