April 5, 2010

NREL Bot Grows Solar Cells


The National Renewable Energy Laboratory developed a robot that grows and analyzes solar cells in a mere 35 minutes. It takes a 6" square plate of flexible metal glass or plastic and builds a semi-conductor on it. The bot then measures its light absorption, catches errors and prepares the plates for production. It has the added capability of solar companies hooking up their own tools to the central robot (there are 6 in all) to see how their own formulas stack up.


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Posted by Sheila Franklin at April 5, 2010 9:10 AM
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