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Solar Startups, Part 3: Next-Gen PV (Updated May 20)

Eric Wesoff: December 4, 2008, 8:34 PM

In this edition: Silicon Inks, Quantum Dots, Organic PV, Stretched Silicon and Other Oddities with Potential.

We continue our long list of private solar firms with Next Gen PV.

Arguably some of these next gen startups could be crowbarred into the thin-film or CPV category but unproven materials, processes, and substrates land them in this miscellaneous bucket. Many of these are still in the lab, proof-of-concept stage and will never become commercialized. But one of these technologies might be the “black swan" that changes PV economics. If you know of one we’ve missed, add a comment and we’ll get it included.

3GSolar (a.k.a Orion Solar): An Israel-based solar startup funded with...

Solar Startups, Part 2: CPV (Updated May 20)

Eric Wesoff: December 4, 2008, 12:15 PM

CPV is a zero billion dollar market that looks great on paper, especially when the price of silicon is high. Scores of firms are trying to stake out their corner of the CPV sector in anticipation of tremendous market growth and technical advances.

We've compiled a list of these firms with funding info and a few words on each startup's technology.

They include Low Concentration PV firms, High Concentration PV firms and firms attempting to dethrone the oligarchy that controls Triple-Juction Cells.

Ahura Energy: Pre-VC solar concentrator systems for thermal and solar applications. Seeking $4.5 million.

Banyan Energy: Banyan is a startup seeking funding and developing a set of optics to...