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MIT Aims for Thinner Solar Cells
7/9/2013

MIT researchers use computer simulations to shuffle through different materials in the search for the thinnest possible solar cells. (Source: MIT)
MIT researchers use computer simulations to shuffle through different materials in the search for the thinnest possible solar cells. (Source: MIT)

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PasadenaDave
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PasadenaDave   7/9/2013 4:33:18 PM
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With the advent of cheaper solar cells, I don't expect the price to be sigficantly lower, you still have the guys crawling all over the roof installing the things, hooking up to an inverter, all the wiring etc.....

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Re: Manufacturing costs?
R_Colin_Johnson   7/9/2013 3:40:20 PM
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The researchers say that one of their next steps will be to look for ways to economically mass produce its thin solar cells, but first they have to settle on a formulation. The good news is that thinner solar cells use inherently less material, so should be economical of materials, but we don't know yet the manufacturing costs until they choose a material and characterize it. They plan to experiment with different formulations, hoping to find one that is both efficient and economical to mass produce.

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Manufacturing costs?
kfield   7/9/2013 9:55:36 AM
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Exciting news about this research--I wonder if the researchers have evaluated the potential manufacturing costs for these new, thinner cells?

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