James Garnett founds Uriel Solar
By: Sher Hann
The trend these days is being “Green.” For quite a while we’ve talked and dreamt about how solar could revolutionize our society. Now, the hypothesizing is leading to action. Uriel Solar is a perfect example. With a goal to revolutionize commercial solar energy, Uriel Solar specializes in minimal cost, thin-film-based solar panels.
Currently, they’ve initiated prototype development in Westlake Village. Their team of scientists is developing a solar cell deposition approach and a new patented device structure based on cadmium telluride (CdTe). The optical properties of these thin semiconductor layers are such that >90% of the sunlight will be absorbed and used for generating electricity. These layers are about 1/100 the thickness of a human hair!
Thin-film solar cell substrates can be made of glass, which is very cheap
(cheaper than silicon) and the combination of thin layers and cheap glass substrates provide a very price competitive base for the production of solar cells and panels.
Uriel Solar was incorporated in August 2008 and has since then filed important patents, hired experienced materials scientists and established a development facility in Westlake Village, CA. With the arrival of our thin-film deposition system in late June, Uriel Solar has initiated prototype development. Our team of scientists is developing a novel thin-film solar cell deposition approach and a new patented device structure based on cadmium telluride (CdTe), which is a semiconductor alloy with exceptional sunlight-absorbing properties. We are very excited about this new manufacturing approach and our unique device structure, since they are so dramatically different from every other CdTe thin-film technology on the market. The first prototype solar cells should be available the first quarter of 2010.
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