"We fully expect Spheral Solar(TM) Technology to revolutionize the solar energy industry for two reasons," said Klaus Woerner, ATS President and Chief Executive Officer. "First, the SST unique design only requires a fraction of the raw materials - particularly the silicon - used in traditional multicrystalline solar cells to produce the same amount of energy. Based on technical design enhancements made over the past year to SST, we have achieved a sunlight-to-energy conversion ratio that is competitive with conventional multicrystalline solar cells. Therefore, we expect to generate energy at far less cost per watt. In effect, we're talking about a new era for solar energy, where our technology can stand on its own in the marketplace, as a viable energy alternative."
"Second", added Mr. Woerner "SST is lightweight, pliable and break resistance, which means it can be formed into a variety of shapes and sizes to develop innovative new products that can be seamlessly and attractively integrated into consumer products and even the most complex building designs. Spheral Solar(TM) Technology will allow ATS to lead the world to more quickly.
On the web site of ATS's subsidiary Spheral Solar the company claims its technology will be cost competitive with fossil-fuel based electricity in some regions:
A significant breakthrough in renewable energy, Spheral Solar Power cells produce electricity at considerably lower cost than conventional solar technology, and on a cost-par with fossil-fuel based electricity in many regions of the world. Once commercially available, Spheral Solarô cells will make solar power feasible for a vast array of new applications and markets, changing the dynamics of the photovoltaic industry, forever.
Their solar cells can bend to fit over structures: (update: no page still exists with this content)
Spheral Solarô cells are strong. Unlike traditional, rigid solar cells which are highly fragile, a Spheral Solarô cell is bendable and virtually unbreakable. Traditional solar cells usually consist of thin silicon wafers, bonded to a glass substrate. Not only are they fragile, but their weight and rigidity seriously limit where they can be applied. SSPís patented design places minute silicon spheres into a special aluminum sheet. The resulting sheet is very strong and can be formed and applied to virtually any curved or flat surface, creating tremendous opportunities for new attractive products for the generation of solar power.
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