The U.S. Patent Office has awarded a patent to Natcore Technology Inc. for a solar cell structure that uses carbon nanotubes to improve cell performance. The latest patent is based on three earlier foundational patents.
The newest patent, which is solely owned by Natcore, describes the use of inorganic semiconductor-coated nanotubes to make high-efficiency thin-film solar cells. Natcore says it currently in talks with Eastman Kodak and with Phono Solar of China to commercialize this new technology on equipment that was previously used to manufacture photo film.
SOURCE: Natcore Solar