Through the use of a proprietary process, PowerFilm is the first – and only – company that manufacturers and sells flexible solar panels - "monolithically-integrated solar panels on plastic using a true roll-to-roll manufacturing process”. Former 3M research physicists, Dr. Frank Jeffrey and Dr. Derrick Grimmer, founded the company in 1988 with a goal to develop and manufacture thin film panels in high volume and at low cost. The two scientists have a combined 65 years of experience in the semiconductor and solar energy research and development fields.
The benefits of this product are numerous. Roll-to-roll manufacturing decreases material handling costs, printed interconnects enable automated connection of individual cells, and the production of flexible solar panels requires as little as 1% of the amount of silicon used in rigid crystalline panels. In addition, the sunlight absorber layer is cadmium free (environmentally friendly), as well as a commercially viable, low cost technology. PowerFilm panels are 13 inches wide and can be up to 2,400 feet long.
Photos courtesy of PowerFilmPosted by Debra Emmons on August 13, 2008 2:11 PM
it is an amazing idea that will make solar power cheaper and more available to the public! well done!!
By Kullen O'Brien | April 20, 2009 1:47 PM
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