Solar cells are a great way to make watts. The problem has always been their size. Most solar cells have 20 percent efficiency. This means they require a lot of surface area to convert enough sun to make useable amounts of watts.
Spectrolab, a subsidiary of Boeing, has decided to mass produce a technology that raises the bar to 39.2%! They’ve used these on approximately 60 percent of all satellites floating today.
“Given the new cells’ close similarity to our existing production cells, we believe that our current C3MJ customers will be able to easily upgrade for more efficiency,” said Russ Jones, Spectrolab director of CPV Business Development.
Start looking for these showing up in your local suppliers as early as 2011.