It seems that the Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan (ITRI) have discovered that Copper plating could be the solar panel platform. They intend to cooperate with aiding the development of copper plated solar panels on a small-scale, fast production. The collaboration between Motech Industries, Gintech Energy Corporation and TSEC Corporation and that of the ITRI seems to have captured gaps in the photovoltaic (PV) global market.
Copper Plating and Taiwan
The General Director of ITRI’s Green Energy and Environment Research Laboratories, Dr. Robert Yie-Zu Hu, stated that this brand new development has in fact been in research state since 2012 and that the copper plating for silicon solar cells metallization technology currently achieves 20% energy conversion. This is a first for copper plated solar cells in Taiwan, where production can reach 200 solar cells per hour. The efficiency of the solar cell will increase by 0.2% with the cost reducing by 5-7%.
Increased Rating of Copper Plating
Many foreign manufacturers have been developing copper plating technology themselves but no one has so far been able to produce copper plated solar panels on such a large scale. This could, therefore, be a large profit making scheme for Taiwan, also making them leaders in the global copper plated solar cell market. Currently, they are the world’s second largest solar cell market, but with the industry now stable and demand rising, this could easily change. So, will we be seeing these copper plated solar panels in Britain any time soon?
Why Choose Copper Plating?
Copper plating is functional and it looks good. Copper plating is very bright and eye catching. It naturally kills bacteria and is often used for decorative purposes. Copper plating has a smart, polished copper-pink finish and can be lacquered to prevent tarnish from occurring. But the best reason for it being used as a solar panel is due to it being such an excellent conductor.
NiTEC UK and You
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