Solar PV Glazing Efficiency Breakthrough

Solar energy company XsunX, specializing in thin-film solar photovoltaics (PV) announced that recent research has provided the basis for some efficiency breakthroughs.

Aliso, Viejo, California – March 5, 2004 [] XsunX the providers of breakthrough patented thin film technology to produce solar electric vision glass, announced today that recent research has provided the basis for some efficiency breakthroughs. The company, focused on producing solar electric vision glass, now anticipates being able to provide a wider range of optical transmittance filtering capabilities that the company now believes may provide efficiencies of 5% or more. This is a doubling of their previous efficiency estimates. Ultimately, the degree of sun light transmittance filtering will determine the efficiency rates in any given application. This proprietary process is intended to allow manufacturers to apply a transparent and photovoltaic glazing to glass and other transparent substrates. When XsunX glazing is exposed to light, the light energy is converted into electrical energy for use as a power source, said the company. The company’s management believes that XsunX glazing will provide more versatility to manufactures for its use in many applications where traditional PV cannot compete. The attributes of transparency, flexibility, light weight and lower manufacturing costs may provide XsunX licensees access to the design of diverse product groups that span and interconnect the architectural glass, optical film and energy markets. “The unique attributes of our technology may ultimately provide manufacturers with more options in the choice of product form factors while integrating solar cell technology into the previously under-utilized, or simply unused, portions of a building’s structure in the form of architectural glass or optical films applied to building materials,” Tom Djokovich, XsunX’s CEO said. “This opens a direct path to new markets where XsunX and our licensees will not compete with current opaque solar cell designs for rooftops and other architecturally limiting locations.” There are still a number of testing and development processes that will require completion prior to the company offering license opportunities for its technology. XsunX continues to anticipate offering beta product testing and development relationships to various manufactures later this year.
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