Natcore Technology unveils US patent for solar cell technology
Sep 14, 2011 - US solar cell maker Natcore Technology (CVE:NXT) today announced that in mid-August it had been issued a US patent for its solar cell structure using carbon nanotubes to enhance the product's performance.
The patent was approved in April.
The award is based on three earlier patents covering a liquid phase deposition (LPD) process for growing inorganic films on silicon. The development of the technology is part of Natcore's efforts to double the efficiency of solar cells and to halve their cost, said Chuck Provini, Natcore's president and CEO.
The company intends to continue development work on thin-film solar cells at its research and development facility in Rochester, New York. The R&D unit is located at Eastman Kodak's (NYSE:EK) business park, where Natcore can use the photo film producer's old roll-to-roll manufacturing machinery.