New Solar Energy Firm Launches, Heats Competition

[Mass High Tech] While solar materials maker Konarka Technologies Inc. made a big splash in the industry with its recent $45 million round of funding, it’s no longer the only thin-film photovoltaic game in town. A brand-new company has set up shop in Sudbury with its own process to eliminate the high-heat furnaces needed for traditional, silicon-based solar cells, as well as the weight of traditional solar panels. In fact, Vanguard Solar Inc. says its process for growing flexible solar material — using carbon nanotubes — means that its thin-film material can be manufactured in almost any roll-to-roll printing plant.
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