Groundbreaking approach to a next generation solar photovoltaic device.
VANCOUVER, BC, Dec 14, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX)
Quantum Solar Power Corp. (Quantum) QSPW -6.38% , www.quantumsp.com , is pleased to announce that they have achieved a milestone in the development of their groundbreaking solar technology. Quantum’s first photovoltaic (PV) prototype suitable for performance characteristics testing will be submitted to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in early 2012 for certification.
Dr. Andras Pattantyus-Abraham and his team of 13 scientists at Quantum’s laboratory in Burnaby, British Columbia have been working for over two years toward a testable prototype of their groundbreaking approach to a next generation solar photovoltaic device. The NGD technology uses a novel approach combining a barrier oxide layer with a patent-pending absorber layer, replacing the traditional semiconductor layer used in crystalline silicon and thin-film photovoltaics. Quantum’s approach eliminates rare elements used in thin-film PV at a cost that is projected to be significantly less expensive than current PV technology. Dr. Pattantyus-Abraham, Chief Technology Officer of Quantum, said, “We think we have discovered an approach to solar PV design that is years ahead of the nearest research. We are optimistic that, once commercialized, we’ll be able to make a significant impact with our device on the role of solar energy as a true replacement to fossil fuel generated electricity.”
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado is a premier independent laboratory that engages in testing the performance of commercial, developmental, and research photovoltaic devices. NREL is one of only two laboratories in the world that has International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17025 accredited cell calibration. NREL’s role in verifying device performance for the PV industry will serve as an important next step in Quantum’s research and development program. Steven Pleging, CEO and President of Quantum, said, “This is a very important step in our product development. With NREL verification of an NGD prototype, we will obtain industry recognized data allowing us to begin our third phase of research and development: developing a commercial product. We believe our PV device will be a significant achievement in making solar energy competitive with any other source of electrical energy.”
About Quantum Solar Power Corp. Quantum Solar Power Corp. is developing a next generation photovoltaic device (NGD). Quantum’s NGD is a patent-pending PV design that employs a completely new approach to solar power conversion. NGD has the potential to remove the less effective silicon semiconductor-based technologies and more exotic rare-element based thin-film technologies used in photovoltaics today. We believe Quantum’s technology has the potential to match the efficiency of crystalline silicon PV at the cost of thin-film PV. The anticipated technology is free of any rare element dependencies found in other current solar technologies, using only abundant and inexpensive materials. If successful, Quantum has the potential to create solar cells at significantly less cost per watt ($/Wp) than current technologies. Quantum maintains offices in Vancouver, Canada and Duesseldorf, Germany and can be found on the web at: www.quantumsp.com or www.quantumsp.de (Germany).
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