1366 Technologies' texturing machine
Rather than develop machines to make thin-film solar cells, Lexington, Mass.-based 1366 Technologies is designing equipment for the dominant solar cell technology--polycrystalline silicon. This machine, marketed to silicon solar manufacturers, creates a textured surface on a silicon wafer (gray square on left). That surface cuts down on the reflectivity of the cell and increases the amount of light a cell can capture.
The company was the only solar photovoltaic company to receive an award from the Department of Energy's ARPA-E grant program. Once it finishes work on its technology, it expects to build a 100-megawatt-per-year facility with the aid of state incentives.
December 22, 2010 4:00 AM PST
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| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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