Video: Nanosolar Prints Solar Cells At 100-Feet-Per-Minute

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Nanosolar only started manufacturing its thin-film solar panels in December, but is now pumping out cells at a rate of 100-feet-per-minute at a cost of less than $1 per watt.

The video below shows the machine responsible for the speed increase in action. The company claims it is the industry’s first 1 GW annual capacity production tool.

The machine uses proprietary nanoparticle ink which does away which the need for costly high-vacuum chambers.

Nanosolar says that “in principle” the technique could achieve speeds of up to 2,000 feet-per-minute, but upgrading would not be cheap. The current machine costs $1.65 million.

I want to see the machine that produced those solar curtains we saw last month.



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