A year after Solar InventionsÂ took first place in the U.S. Department of Energyâ€™s American-Made Solar Prize competition, the company announced that Georgia-based commercial solar developer Cherry Street Energy has placed a 20-MW order for solar panels using Solar Inventionsâ€™ C3 technology.
The first batches of C3 cells and panels with Solar Inventionsâ€™ improved photovoltaic cell architecture were manufactured by an undisclosed solar panel manufacturer.
Solar Inventions, headquartered in Atlanta, calls its product C3, for â€śConfigurable Current Cells.â€ť CFV Solar Test Laboratory, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has completed IEC61853-1 testing for the C3 technology.
â€śAny manufacturer can license the technology, with an excellent cost-benefit ratio,â€ť said Ben Damiani, Solar Inventionsâ€™ co-founder and Chief Scientist. â€śThe benefits are similar to half-cells, but without requiring cells to be physically broken and rewired.â€ť
Solar Inventionsâ€™ patent-pending discovery puts solar cells into â€ślanesâ€ť by electrically dividing each cell into subcells, allowing current to flow more directly. The new PV cell architecture increases the electricity produced by slightly increasing voltage and fill factor, and saves enough silver in manufacturing to cover licensing fees.