Shrink Solar, a player in the emerging solar concentrator technology market, is a developer of technology that “enhances silicon’s ability to absorb sunlight and convert it to electricity” so that it can “can boost energy production from legacy silicon PV systems by optimizing the light for absorption by silicon.” It is now on the fifth iteration of the “largest known polymer-based non-optical solar concentrator”, it announced today.
The Shrink Solar technology is still in the proof-of-concept stage, meaning it is not yet available for commercial or residential applications. For what it has developed up to this point, Shrink Solar believes that this latest design “has achieved higher efficiencies than previous generations of energy producing cells” while also incorporating “additional structures and circuit design to bolster efficiency.” The goal of this nano-based technology, as the company sees it, is to have the ability to filter “out wavelengths currently not absorbed by silicon and re-emit them into a device by concentrating light, all without the need for a tracking device, mirror or lens.”
Shrink Solar, in moving towards integration of its technology “into existing silicon PV systems for windows, roofing, consumer products and other solar applications,” is trying to “attract larger, international players in the solar energy sector and ultimately provide the resources to continue to optimize this technology for commercial applications.” It hopes to be able to team up with existing silicon PV manufacturers as well as window manufacturers.
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