NREL Tests Soloptics’ PV Technology


Soloptics, a division of Genie Lens Technologies LLC, says it has received favorable results from recent performance testing at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for FUSION, its patent-pending photovoltaic enhancement technology.

FUSION is an optics-based surface technology that increases the conversion efficiency of photovoltaic panels, according to the company. FUSION's technology utilizes microstructures that can be embossed or cast into either a thin polymer film and then adhered to a PV panel, either in the factory or in the field, or engineered directly into the protective glass layer utilized in most PV panels produced today.

In tests performed by NREL at its Golden, Colo., research campus, FUSION delivered conversion-efficiency gains ranging from 10% to 12.5% depending on testing conditions. FUSION achieved these gains regardless of the underlying PV material for less than $0.10/watt (installed cost), the company adds.

SOURCE: Genie Lens Technologies LLC

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