We're 99% certain that Nanosolar's CEO is more than just a creepy floating head. Probably.
Photovoltaic specialist Nanosolar
has, after five long years, finally got a product out of the door. In a post to the Nanosolar Blog
CEO Martin Roscheisen announced the shipping of the worlds first thin-film printed solar panel.
Using a method developed by the firm five years ago which involves printing the cells in a thin film on a back panel, Nanosolar believes that it has finally cracked the main problem preventing commercial exploitation of solar power: cost. The new panels will ship for around 50p ($1 for our American friends) per watt, which compares pretty favourably to traditional energy generation via coal.
The first panel off the production line has been taken aside as a show piece, and the third was donated to the Tech Museum
in San Jose. The second panel, however, is being used as a rather odd promotional item: the company is flogging it via online tat bazaar eBay
If you've a few thousand burning a hole in your pocket, you can get bidding here
. Don't expect a fully-working panel though - it's being sold “as-is”, which on eBay usually means “broken.” Not exactly the best advert for Nanosolar's new technology.
The first proper commercial run (hopefully in fully-working form) is due to be installed in a planned megawatt solar farm
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