Originally Posted by Suijin
They don’t even have a manufacturer yet. If this was ready for prime time you can bet it would have been jumped on. Also sounds like some aspect of this, aligning the cells with the lenses, is mechanized. No thanks lol.
The consensus opinion is that we might see 25% real world efficiency in 5-10 years, based on improvements to existing tech. Obviously new tech might emerge but I would not hold my breath. The idea in the article is not groundbreaking and I suspect it comes with some problems in the area of practicality and cost, we’ll see.
And I would love more efficient panels and would pay a premium for them given my limited real estate.
Regardless of how one feels about this technology, or any technology, it's fun to stay apprised of the current
field of options. Your 25% efficiency is based on new materials, not application of existing materials and technologies in novel ways.
The thing I appreciated about this technology is that is doesn't require new silicon or new materials. It's basically an engineering solution using existing materials and introducing a new way of thinking about the problem. It appears they are introducing what is essentially mini solar
concentrators onto each cell which are similar to an insects eye and how it collects light, so you can have existing 20-21% efficient panels that are able to collect more energy. I wonder if current
3d printers could print the concentrators to be put over an existing panel.