Eikos Teams with Spectrolab for Multi-junction Photovoltaic Electrodes
March 2008... Innovator of nanotube coatings funded to assist in the development the next generation of high performance multi-junction photovoltaics.
Franklin, MA – Eikos, Inc., innovator of highly transparent carbon nanotube (CNT) inks for conductive coatings, today announced it has begun to work with Spectrolab on developing high efficiency multi-junction photovoltaics (PVs).
Eikos, Inc work to develop Invisicon®, the world's only high performance printable transparent conductor, to increase the performance of Spectrolab’s multi-junction photovoltaic solar cells. Spectrolab is the world's leading provider of space solar cells and panels and a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company. Spectrolab's product portfolio also includes terrestrial concentrator solar cells and modules, searchlight systems, solar simulators and photodetector products. Ultra-Triple-Junction GaInP/GaAs/Ge solar cells (UTJ), with a minimum average efficiency of 28.3%, are now in production at Spectrolab. An even higher efficiency version, the XTJ solar cell at 30% efficiency, currently in qualification testing, will soon allow satellite operators the choice of increasing the capacity of their existing satellite platforms.
“We at Eikos are thrilled to work with Spectrolab,” says Eikos CEO, Joseph Piche. “Spectrolab has consistently demonstrated that it is the leader in developing and commercializing high efficiency solar cells for space power. We hope that Eikos and Spectrolab can find product synergies to add value to Spectrolab’s products.”