I hope they succeed. We need cheap energy. They'll also improve efficiency if they utilize some of the creative geometries we've read about to capture more of the ambient light and utilize the new techniques to capture energy from multiple wavelengths. Finally, I hope they leverage one of the shuttered solar cell manufacturing facilities and resist the temptation to build yet another...
I don`t fully agree JLS...yes, efficiency is not everything, currently many thin film technologies like CdTe compete well with silicon since they are cheaper although less efficient...but there is a limit on how low efficiency can be, I sense it is around 10%, anything lower is probably useless even if very cheap...Kris
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