Thin-film Silicon PV: Low-cost and scalability to help meet the world's clean energy needs
As the world's resolve to combat global warming, secure energy independence, and drive sustainable economic growth has increased, it is clearer than ever that an immense effort to speed the deployment of renewable energy technology is necessary. The scale of this challenge is so large (2008 world electrical capacity is estimated at ~2 Terawatts) that a mix of technologies will certainly be needed to make appreciable progress towards these goals. These facts result in both a huge opportunity for the photovoltaic industry and an accompanying need to greatly reduce the cost of the energy produced by PV technologies.
From a macro perspective, the only effective way the PV industry can attack these challenges is with massive scale. While a number of products and technologies will certainly survive, the technologies that represent the greatest opportunity and which will yield the greatest impact are those which are not fundamentally limited by issues related to cost, supply-chain, manufacturing, or deployment at scale. The only PV technology currently possessing these attributes is thin-film silicon. ThinSilicon Corp. is dedicated to bringing disruptive efficiency, throughput, and cost improvements to the existing large thin-film silicon manufacturing base.