Vision

Planet Earth receives enough solar energy every day to power the world for a year

Solaclad focus is towards innovative next generation renewable energy technology, providing significant global community and built environment benefits

Next Generation Solar Energy

  • GEN 3 reengineered integrated materials as solar collectors
  • Diffusion bonds / engineered connections between panels
  • Micro, string and next generation inverters
  • Reversible fuel cells / storage systems / smart meters

A microbial / biological fuel cell continuously generates electricity and repeatedly reverses polarity dependent on aeration or solar energy exposure

Solar Energy - Generation 1 to 3

GEN 1 – Conventional PV panels
15 to 25% efficiency

Solar cells include monocrystalline and polycrystalline Si. Cells relatively expensive and work with a single p-n junction design

GEN 2 – Thin film solar
10 to 20% efficiency

Thin-film solar cells generally include amorphous Si, cadmium telluride (CdTe) and Copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS). Cells tend to have lower efficiency but significantly cheaper

GEN 3 – Integrated solar
20 to 40%+ efficiency

Third-generation multiple or tandem junction solar cells are potentially able to exceed 40% efficiency through Perovskite cells, nanotechnology and layers with different band widths. Emerging technologies include Si quantum dot cells dye sensitised and organic / plastic solar cells