Leon and I both work at New Mexico State University in technology transfer. I found this technology last summer when I was working on a partnership with Los Alamos National Laboratory to evaluate technologies. I've spent the last year vetting this technology and putting the pieces together.
We've purchased on option to license the technology from LANL so that's how we have rights to the technology. Because of our proximity to Dr. Luo and her lab, we've been able to work closely with her to develop a research plan to prove this technology can work for making solar panels. The money we raise will go to paying gradate students in Dr. Luo's lab to build our prototypes.
Our technique just displaces chemical vapor deposition (CVD), which is the method used now to make CdTe thin film solar panels and other thin film solar designs. We will use the same designs as these other panels so we hope to have similar efficiencies.
The plan is to start with CdSe, perovskite and PbS quantum dots on TiO2. These designs are all in the 15% efficiency range and are very easy for our research team to do. A 10% efficiency panel is commercially viable in the market now if i'ts cheap enough.
The really exciting designs though are the III-V solar designs which are the reason for our name 35 Solar. These include GaAs - the world record single-junction panel at 31% - and GaN/InGaN - which is used in multi-junction panels that can get up to 46% efficiency. Our researcher is confident GaAs is possible with our method because it can do epitaxial growth i.e. make crystals. Depending on funding we hope to get this proved out as well.
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