American company Rayton Solar claims to have developed the technology to produce solar panels in the U.S. that are 62% cheaper than the industry standard and are 25% more efficient.
How are they doing this?
Rayton is using 1/50 to 1/100 less silicon (the most expensive component of a solar panel) than the industry standard. They are only utilizing 4 microns of silicon with zero waste. On top of that, Rayton is the only commercial solar manufacturer using Float Zone Silicon (a higher grade silicon that is 25% more efficient than the industry standard).
What is the technology behind it?
Rayton Solar’s patented technology is to use a particle accelerator (virtually a laser beam) to conduct ion implantation – they blast H+ protons directly into a silicon ingot (raw material), attach the silicon to a substrate, exfoliate directly off the ingot with zero silicon waste, then conduct screen-print wiring and finalize the solar cells.
Who are they?
The team is stacked with serial clean tech entrepreneurs and proven scientists and engineers. Rayton Solar is headed by Andrew Yakub – a serial solar industry entrepreneur, trained physicist, and particle accelerator expert. Beside Andrew sits two clean tech serial entrepreneurs who are also MBA’s. On the engineering side sits one the Chair of the UCLA Physics Department of the world’s leading experts in particle beams, and the Former Chair of the UCLA Materials Science Department one of the world’s leading experts in ion implantation. On top of that, Rayton’s CTO is a 20 year veteran of the Stanford Linear Accelerator facility.
Source: US based, Rayton Solar, Produces the World’s Cheapest Energy Via a Laser Beam Press Release via PR Newswire by Rayton Solar. Image Credit: Phoenix Nuclear Labs & Rayton Solar. Video Credit: Rayton Solar.