Q&A: Have you heard of thin film solar technology?

Question by Dana1981: Have you heard of thin film solar technology?
I think this is very interesting:

“within ten years, solar will undercut coal, natural gas, and nuclear by 50%…The crucial tipping point, says Evans-Prichard, is the $ 1 per watt point: the current price of most non-renewable energy sources. Current solar technology puts the price of solar power at about $ 3 to $ 4 per watt. Anil Sethi of Flisom foresees his thin-film solar panels reaching $ .80/watt in five years, and $ .50/watt within ten.

Thin film solar modules don’t use the costly, and limited, silicon that we are used to. The technology is based on CIGS (copper indium gallium selenide) arranged on a flexible backing, suitable for not only the tops, but also the sides of buildings, tinted windows, cell phones, notebook computers, cars, and even clothing.”


Have you heard of this advancement in solar technology? Sounds very promising.

Best answer:

Answer by 07_Shelby_GT500
I caught something about this on a discovery channel show the other day. To be honest, I was in and out of the room doing things, so I only heard bits and pieces of the segment. Was definitely about thin film solar technology. In fact, I do remember very clearly the number 20 cents per watt mentioned. I’m very good at remembering numbers and figures, so I’m sure that was the price point they mentioned.

Hope the technology is viable and catches on and can be used to increase our ability to use renewable sources of energy.

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5 Responses to “Q&A: Have you heard of thin film solar technology?”

  1. I haven’t heard of solar energy advancing much till now. hope it works well.

  2. Organic Salad Basket Reply May 24, 2012 at 12:17 am

    I have heard of this technology and they are currently using it overseas. Not only much cheaper per watt but it is really easy to install compared to the big solar panels that we are all used to. I think it is very promising and can open the minds of people that used to be stubborn towards solar technology.

  3. Not until just now. I hope it works out. If it does, maybe a new ‘toy’ will interest a few deniers and get them to be a little more reasonable.

  4. I have heard of it.

  5. What might help solar really take off is to make it widely available (like in home improvement stores). For instance, I would buy a small solar panel and battery unit that I could plug something small into, like the pump for my pond. Even though it costs me more (initially) than plugging into the existing outlet, I would buy it because I know it is better for the environment.

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