Innovalight Establishes New Record With Silicon Ink Solar Cells

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Innovalight Establishes New Record With Silicon Ink Solar Cells

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Apr. 27 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

        Solar cells achieve 19 percent conversion efficiency of sunlight to electricity

    Innovalight, Inc., a privately-held firm selling a platform of silicon ink-based high efficiency solar

cell materials and technology, today announced that the company has achieved a new record of 19

percent conversion efficiency with silicon ink processed solar cells. The conversion efficiency of a

solar cell is the proportion of sunlight energy that a cell converts to electrical energy.

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in Germany, an official independent solar

cell testing center also measured the results on industry standard size cells made by Innovalight.

    Innovalight's proprietary platform, Cougar(TM) offers a readily transferable process to crystalline

silicon solar cell manufacturers that allows them to improve solar cell performance, reduce cost and

boost output

capacity by adding a simple step to already installed manufacturing lines. The opportunity is

significant - this year close to four billion crystalline wafers will be processed into solar cells,

according to Navigant Consulting,

Inc., a leading solar industry research firm.

    "We continue to push toward our goal of delivering over 20 percent conversion efficiency to our

customers," said Homer Antoniadis, chief technology officer at Innovalight. "Our patented solar cell

process with silicon ink is simple and optimized for use with silicon wafers and widely adopted

industry printing tools," he added.

    Dr. Antoniadis will present these results at the 2010 SNEC 4th International Photovoltaic Power

Generation Exhibition and Conference which will take place from May 5 to 7 in Shanghai, China.

    Innovalight is currently working with several solar cell manufacturing companies and is ramping

production of silicon ink in Sunnyvale, California.

    In February, the company was awarded a key patent by the US patent and trademark office for

the manufacturing of crystalline wafer solar cells with silicon ink. Innovalight has filed for over 60

patents for silicon ink and high efficiency solar cells using silicon ink processes.

    About Innovalight

    Innovalight is based in Sunnyvale, California. The company licenses a low-cost, high-performance

solar energy technology using proprietary silicon ink nanotechnology to solar cell manufacturing

companies. Innovalight is venture capital backed and has received additional development funds

    About the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE)     

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) conducts research on the technology

needed to supply energy efficiently and on an environmentally sound basis in industrialized,

threshold and developing

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countries. To this purpose, the Institute develops systems, components, materials and processes in

the areas of thermal use of solar energy, photovoltaic, solar building, electric power supplies, micro-

energy technology, chemical energy conversion, energy storage and rational use of energy. The

institute's work ranges from investigation of scientific fundamentals for solar energy application,

through the development of production technology and prototypes, to the construction of

demonstration systems. The institute plans, advises and provides know-how and technical facilities

as services. For more information please visit 

SOURCE: Innovalight, Inc.


    Tim Turpin of SparkPR, 


    for Innovalight, Inc.

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