Nov. 26, 2007: DOE Invests $21 Million in Next-Generation Solar Cell Research
Among the DOE awardees is Wakonda Technologies Inc., a company that plans to produce large-area, high-efficiency solar devices by applying multiple thin films of semiconductor material onto a flexible metal-foil substrate. Wakonda Technologies claims to have developed a proprietary surface treatment that allows the metal foil to simulate an expensive crystalline semiconductor material, such as germanium. The company plans to exploit this technology with a process that employs low-cost thin-film manufacturing techniques to create high-efficiency solar cells.
Publication date: 11/26/2007