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Filename SolarGlitter.pdf
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Category Climate Security, Energy Security, Fact Sheet, Infrastructure Security, MEPV, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy
Tags sand2012-0430p
year 2012
author David Wick
report-id SAND2012-0430P
location SNL

Sandia’s microsystems-enabled photovoltaics (MEPV) uses microdesign and microfabrication techniques to produce solar cells as small as 3-20 microns thick and 100-1000 microns wide. These PV cells are then placed or ‘printed’ onto a low-cost substrate with embedded contacts and microlenses for focusing sunlight onto the cells. Moving to micro-scale PV cell sizes results in distinct benefits at cell, module, and system levels, including reducing the amount of expensive semiconductors by 30 times while still achieving high efficiencies.