New report says non-active materials can boost solar panel efficiency

Sept. 2, 2009
Non-active material technology such as metalization can play a role in solar panel efficiency.

Non-active materials -- components of a solar panel that don't play a role in converting light to electricity -- can hellp reduce overall module cost and play a role in effiency, according to a new Lux Research report.

Called "Driving Down Solar Costs: Non-active Material Opportunities," the report examines new and incumbent non-active materials technologies such as metallization, antireflection (AR) coatings, encapsulants, and transparent conducting oxide (TCO) replacements. As module efficiencies improve, so does the value proposition of large-area AR and TCO coatings. With higher efficiency, a given cost per square meter translates into a lower cost per watt at high efficiency.

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