California company automates solar panel production

09/17/2009 | MIT Technology Review

A San Jose, Calif., company has opened an automated solar-panel manufacturing facility in Germany. Nanosolar's panels are made by printing a semiconductor material called CIGS on aluminum foil. Industry observers say CIGS cells are as efficient as silicon-based solar cells. Nanosolar says its cells convert 11% of energy into electricity, which is enough to compete with traditional conventional solar panels.

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