If we were to take the solar manufacturers hundreds of millions of dollars of capital investment and tell them their investment is now worthless, do you think they would be upset? Well many of their old processes being time consuming, very costly, extremely complicated and excruciatingly cumbersome are about to be just that, dinosaurs of the past! Welcome in the new age of light weight solar cells from nano particles, in particular a nano-scale crystal called a Tetrapod Quantum Dot (TQD). This microscopic particle carries property characteristics that are still unknown to man. Every day universities around the world are discovering new functions, applications and additional properties. What is known is they shed a whole new light on many subjects, literally. Dr. Jabbour the Chief Science Officer (CSO) for Solterra Renewable Technologies, Inc. has been researching their use in: “flexible-roll-to-roll-electronics and displays, smart textile, moisture and oxygen barrier technology, transparent conductors, organic light emitting devices, organic and hybrid photovoltaics, organic memory storage, organic thin film transistors, combinatorial discovery of materials, nano and macro printed devices, micro and nanofabrication, biosensors, and quantum simulations of electronic materials.” Dr. Jabbours research studies have led to the development of Solterra’s high speed production line for printing solar cells at a rate of 300 m2 per minute .*1 In the near future the Tetrapod Quantum Dot LED is destined as the light of the future along with the display applications currently being worked on by many companies like Sanyo, LG and Panasonic for more vivid and enhanced color displays for the TV’s. All from these Quantum Dot’s., but that’s the future. The now is in solar to reduce green house gas emissions and our carbon foot print as Steven Squires CEO of Quantum Materials Corp. see’s a more universal benefit from quantum dots. He wrote, “Quantum Dot (qdot or QD) solar tech is the only viable solution to satisfy the world’s energy demands without placing the earth and all its inhabitants in peril in the process.” *2 His vision of a cleaner environment is echoed by many around the world.
It is widely known that solar isn’t the only answer to this carbon foot print problem. Solar is currently one small part but it will have such a monumental impact on the quality of life around the world that it is the most important energy source at this junction of time. Third world countries with starving poor will be able to grow crops in previously un-irrigated lands. Uninhabitable land can be turned into an oasis. Salt water can be turned into fresh water when there is a power source. Electricity is a powerful tool for those without it. We take for granted our lights will always be on from the utility companies providing us power. Just what if they didn’t? How will you survive, no hair dryer, frozen food, home shopping channels or football games to watch. You get upset now if you lose power for a couple hours in a storm, imagine days, weeks turning into months. Kind of unimaginable but with the amount of vengeful hate, some not so stable people carry around with them, it isn’t unrealistic now a days and who knows what the future holds. Supplemental solar power, if you aren’t capable of going off the grid completely will become a way of the future. All this will be brought about by the mass production of economical solar cells without subsidies. The solar cell manufacturers WORST nightmare will become a reality thanks to a company called Solterra Renewable Technologies, Inc.!
1 Quantum Dot Solar Cells – The Best Of Both Worlds
2 Quantum Dots – Future Energy Solution by Steven Squires http://www.exposolar.org/2010/eng/center/contents.asp?idx=145&page=1&search=&searchstring=&news_type=D
The views expressed above are my own and not those of Quantum Materials Corp/Solterra Renewable Technologies, Inc. or of any person or organization affiliated or doing business with Quantum Materials Corp/Solterra Renewable Technologies, Inc.