The New Jersey Institute of Technology has received a three-year, $1.5 million grant to establish a solar research center that will specialize in solar thin-film technology. The funding was provided by Apollo Solar Energy Inc.
“The new solar research center will focus on improving the applications of Cadmium telluride semiconductor materials for use in thin-film solar cells,” said Donald H. Sebastian, PhD, vice president of research and development and interim provost.
Solar arrays using thin-film technology have already proven to reduce the cost per watt to one-third of the cost of conventional systems. Through diligent improvement in the production process, cost and quality can rise to make solar power a legitimate contender for much more than the small percentage of global need that is now projected for photovoltaics.
Apollo Solar Energy, Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary, Sichuan Apollo Solar Science & Technology Co., Ltd., is primarily involved in the production of Te-based compounds used to produce thin-film solar cells, cell modules, and solar electronic products.
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This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.