March 23, 2012 in NEWS
Solar panels which cost less than fossil fuels? Yeah! That can be reality if Twin Creeks’ photovoltaic cells created using a hydrogen ion particle accelerator become widely used. For Solar energy to become competitive with conventional grid power, the cost production — including modules, electronics, and installation – will need to drop to $1 per watt and the cost of modules will have to drop to 50 cents per watt. It is not possible with conventional technologies. Solar cells used in everything from watches to Power generators use monocrystalline substances like silicon, germanium, silicon carbide or gallium nitride. And because of the way they are manufactured all the cells contain more material than needed.
TwinCreeks Technoogy says their goal was to find a lower cost option for Solar power generation which would entail grid parity.
Hyperion is a manufacturing method developed by Twin Creeks Technologies which reduces the size of the wafer considerably and increases output. With the completion of their latest generation Hyperion 3 toolset, they have a production system that can produce ultra-thin wafers less than one-tenth the thickness of conventional silicon solar wafers. Hyperion can fundamentally change the cost structure of many other industries that rely on high-cost, single-crystal wafers for their devices.
The Benefits of reducing the size of the wafer is as follows:
- Reduced Cell Manufacturing Costs – Solar cells produced with Hyperion thin Si processing are nearly 50% less expensive to manufacture.
- Reduced Capital Expenses – Hyperion makes your existing investments in poly-silicon, ingot growing and wafering equipment up to 90% more efficient. If you need to expand, you can count on a 50% reduction in capital to make the same number of wafers.
- Predictable Si costs – By consuming fewer materials per module, manufacturers are less exposed to swings in commodity prices. Manufacturers can better insulate themselves from fluctuations in spot and contract prices for silicon and other materials.
- Flexible Format Cells – Solar modules produced with Hyperion thin Si lamina are bendable, allowing manufacturers to package solar directly into roofing materials to reduce packaging, installation and shipping costs.
- The “Greening” of Solar – The solar industry consumes large amounts of energy and creates waste by-products from the polysilicon, ingot growth and wafering process. Through thin Si efficiencies, environmental “footprint” is reduced. When you make your thin Si lamina with Hyperion, your raw material is water used to produce hydrogen ions.