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Efficient, Flexible, Thin-Film Solar Cells
Yes Solar Energy Technology has developed a method to manufacture super-thin, light-weight, and flexible solar cells requiring 75% less energy to produce and 90% less silicon materials than similar panels. The product is the outcome of combining the advantages of flexible thin-film solar cell technology and highly efficient crystalline silicon technologies. Yes Solar is slashing material and energy use for production by avoiding the cutting and slicing processes many mainstream technologies use in the sector.
The solar cells can reach an efficiency of up to 22%, while also performing well with wide-angle and weak light. The low weight, thinness, and flexibility make the cell fit for many applications where regular solar panels cannot be deployed.
RELEVANCE OF SOLUTION
Photovoltaic solar panels play a crucial role in securing clean and green energy for all, and the annual growth rate for the sector currently exceeds 20%. However, creating solar panels does require energy, and producing the silicon wafers of regular crystalline silicon modules is the most energy-intensive part of the production process. Due to the advanced production method, Yes Solar can help to lower the environmental impact from producing solar panels.
TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE:
Assuming a 15% market share of Yes Solar’s product by 2025, the company’s product will avoid about 52 million tons of CO2 emissions annually.2
Due to its flexibility, the solution can be used in diverse settings and help to increase the possible applications for solar panels.
According to a study done by the company, if deployed at a capacity of 300 MW, the technology could provide savings of 50% to 80% compared to current products.