The winners of the U.S. Department of Energy’s America-Made Solar Prize and creators of the Configurable Current Cell (C3) subcell technology, Solar Inventions announced its first large bulk order recently.
The company stated that leading Georgia renewable power company Cherry Street Energy had placed a bulk order of C3-powered panels for use in a portfolio of upcoming projects, including several university and municipal installations.
The first batches of C3-powered cells and panels based on Solar Inventions’ improved photovoltaic cell architecture were manufactured by an unidentified solar panel manufacturer. Gregg Freishtat, Chief Commercial Officer, stated that Solar Inventions was working with some of the largest vertically integrated manufacturers of PV solar cells and modules to broaden the availability of C3-enabled products across the world.
Michael Chanin, CEO of Cherry Street Energy of Atlanta, stated that incorporating Solar Inventions’ improvements into their infrastructure exhibited Cherry Street’s core value proposition to its customers. Chanin added that they made it easy for their clients to access best-in-class technology.
Solar Inventions, headquartered in Atlanta city, describes its product C3, for “Configurable Current Cells.” Furthermore, CFV Solar Test Laboratory, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has performed IEC61853-1 testing for the C3 technology.
Ben Damiani, Solar Inventions’ co-founder and Chief Scientist highlighted that any manufacturer could license the technology, with an excellent cost-benefit ratio. He added that the benefits were similar to half-cells, but without requiring cells to be physically broken and rewired.
Solar Inventions’ discovery places solar cells into lanes by electrically dividing every cell into subcells. The discovery team then adopts a process to allow current to flow more directly. Furthermore, the new PV cell architecture enhances the electricity generated by increasing voltage and fill factor. The process saves adequate silver in manufacturing to cover licensing fees.
Bill Nussey, CEO of Solar Inventions stated that they would have more announcements in the future.