Solaria’s manufacturing technology will be licensed by SunEdison to make its 400-watt solar modules, which are called ZERO WHITE SPACE. So what is the Solaria advantage? It’s probably better to let the company describe it: “We start with proven materials – standard crystalline silicon solar cells. Using advanced proprietary semiconductor manufacturing processes, the cells are singulated into highly uniformed strips, packaged, and tested. The improvements in efficiency, thickness and silicon cost are unmatched, while delivering highly customized solutions and high power density.” The Solaria technology will help SunEdison mass produce the 400-watt modules.
The SunEdison modules reduce electrical losses and increases the active area, which creates more output. With Zero White Space, there is less unused area on the front surface of the solar module, so they can fit better into tight spaces. They also have a black finish, which some customers prefer. ZWS technology allowed solar modules with a 350 watt peak to be increased to 400 watt peaks.
“SunEdison’s solar materials team has completed the development of the new 400-watt SunEdison ZERO WHITE SPACE solar module. This architecture squeezes more electricity out of the module by reducing the amount of unproductive white space surrounding each cell. By licensing Solaria’s state-of-the-art manufacturing technology, we’re able to get SunEdison ZERO WHITE SPACE modules to market much quicker. These new modules are our most efficient yet, and are ideally suited for home and business applications where space is limited,” explained Bang Nguyen, a SunEdison executive.
Solaria is located in Fremont, California and employs about 13 people. SunEdison has its headquarters near St.Louis, Missouri and has about 7,000 employees. The connection between the two companies is intriguing and seems to indicate there might be a potential for acquisition, if the licensing deal goes well.
Solaria is one of a number of cleantech companies located near or in Silicon Valley.
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