Santa Clarita, Calif. BioSolar, Inc., the developer of a technology to produce bio-based materials from renewable plant sources that reduce the cost of solar cells, has announced a new technique that can potentially reduce the cost of its BioBacksheet product by up to 50%.
BioSolar's technology is said to significantly reduce the cost of solar cells by replacing traditional petroleum-based components with bio-based materials (cotton and caster beans) derived from renewable plant sources. The BioBacksheet product currently being readied for production is expected to deliver a 25% reduction in cost compared to its petroleum-based counterpart used in solar panels.
BioSolar has recently developed a new material configuration and manufacturing technique to produce a version of BioBacksheet that can potentially deliver a 50% reduction in cost. A patent application has been filed for this new invention.
BioSolar has shipped BioBacksheet samples to a select group of manufacturers for their evaluation in several regions of the country.