Research and Development Contact Information
A core business component of Solar Connection LLC is strong alliances, research and development in new solar energy technologies, as well as accelerating arrival of future technologies to commercial markets.
Working in collaboration with pioneering and research labs around the US, Solar Connection LLC brings together the academic with the practical.
Here are some of the exciting technologies coming in the near future to the solar energy production industry. SC LLC is creating strategic partnerships to create a joint R&D environment with Universities and Renewable Energy companies which have been (financially supported by the US Department of Energy)
Photon Enhanced Thermionic Emission (PETE) panels
These panels convert both light and heat to energy providing significantly greater yield, a potential 1.6x efficiency improvement. Under development at Stanford University for the last 9 years, these have the potential to dramatically improve yield per square footage in existing and new installations. SC LLC is presently working with these Strategic Partners in order to further advance the commercialization of these new technologies.
Thin-film High-voltage Photovoltaics
Representing the latest market-ready technology, these thin-film panels offer greater yield at 270 W/hr/unit.
Bloom Energy Servers
What is an Energy Server?
Built with our patented solid oxide fuel cell technology, Bloom's Energy Server™ is a new class of distributed power generator, producing clean, reliable, affordable electricity at the customer site.
Fuel cells are devices that convert fuel into electricity through a clean electro-chemical process rather than dirty combustion. They are like batteries except that they always run. Our particular type of fuel cell technology is different than legacy "hydrogen" fuel cells in four main ways:
Each Bloom Energy Server provides 100kW of power, enough to meet the base-load needs of 100 average homes or a small office building... day and night, in roughly the footprint of a standard parking space. For more power simply add more energy servers
SC LLC intends to use Bloom Energy Servers when applicable to it’s urban development projects
Energy Generation through Photosynthesis and Low Cost Dye Improvements of PV Panels.
ScienceDaily (Sep. 1, 2010) — “Like most technologies, work on solar devices has proceeded in generational waves. First came bulk silicon-based solar cells built with techniques that borrowed heavily from those used to make computer chips. Next came work on thin films of materials specifically tailored to harvest the sun's energy, but still more or less borrowed from the realm of microelectronics manufacturing. Then came the third generation, described by one researcher and blogger as "the wild west," which among other objectives aims to build inexpensive next-generation solar cells by relying on decidedly low-tech wet chemistry.”
Solar Connection LLC’s R&D department has set specific objectives to commercialize new High Yield Solar Photovoltaic panel by continuing R&D related to Photosynthesis Generation of Higher Yield PV panels. SC’s R&D will run concurrently and in parallel with the Fort Worth 2 Megawatt array project in Fort Worth.