How are solar panel manufacturers taking the pain out of the shortage of polysilicon that is hurting its ability to meet demand?
They are cutting out the amount of silicon they put into their solar cells, said Dick Swanson, founder of SunPower, which makes some of the most efficient solar cells on the market. In the first quarter of 2005, SunPower's cells contained between 12 and 14 grams of silicon. Now they contain just under 8 grams, while the industry average is 10.
"We plan to get down to 5 grams," he told an audience at the … Read more