Schott Solar Cells achieve new efficiency records

September 1, 2011 § 2 Comments

The team at Schott Solar have been all fired up about their monocrystalline screen-printed solar cells; and they have reason to be excited with a cell power of 4.92 W.

In 2010 Schott Solar made waves with the world record for a module efficiency of 17.6 percent with their multicrystalline cell concepts.  With more than three years of development and research under their belts they were able to apply their expertise to monocrystalline.

SCHOTT Solar Poly 230W, 235W, 240W

Schott - 230W, 235W, 240W

Utilizing selective emitter technology and passivated rear side contact (PERC) they were able to achieve a cell that is now the world’s first 156 mm x 156 mm screen-printed solar cell with 20.2 percent efficiency. (Laboratory results in conjunction with The Schmid Group from Freudenstadt, Germany)

Schott Solar reports they are energized by these findings and are working on optimizing the manufacturing process for development of highly efficient modules. To follow the progress of Schott Solar’s new cell technology they will be sharing information at The 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC).

Click here to find out more about Schott panels.

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TXU starts prepaid electricity service!! Oh, what terrific news!

June 24, 2011 § 1 Comment

Pop art Portrait of Rick Perry

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This must be the innovation and positive impact of competitive forces that Texans were promised in 2002 when Governor Perry and his very own PUCT (Public Utility Commission of Texas) deregulated IOU’s (investor owned utilities) in Texas and when the TPUC discarded the North Texas TXU franchise by allowing it to be sold to a private equity consortium (KKR, TPG, and Goldman Sachs).

Hey, good work Governor Perry, TPUC, Energy Future Holdings, and private equity smart guys.  It was so boring and old fashion with Dallas Power & Light.  They just sat there.  Now we have exciting REP’s (retail electric providers) that offer consumers choice (i.e., power to choose).

TXU, our once proud franchise utility, has joined the throngs of predatory REP’s in Texas.  It’s business in Texas.  What a great idea and income opportunity . . . let’s use electricity service to exploit low-income families, the elderly, and customers with poor credit.

Now, the least fortunate electricity consumers actually have no choice in Texas: they can prepay their electricity with a large deposit, or they can prepay their electricity with a large prepayment.  It’s power to choose in a perverse manner.

TXU argues that the plan gives TXU the ‘ability’ to serve customers that don’t qualify for standard service because of bad credit.  Really?  No ability without a predatory plan?

Also . . . ‘customers want this service because they can pay as much on their electricity bills, when they choose to do so.’  OK now I understand, you can pay your electricity bill (at a higher electricity rate) several times a week or month instead of a normal billing cycle . . . now that’s very convenient.

In addition, with ‘smart meters’ TXU can put their low profile customers in the dark at any time of day when their ‘prepayment’ is expended.  Awesome.

Maybe municipally owned Dallas Water Utilities is watching . . . they can do the same thing.  Prepay your water bill and sanitary sewer service – another convenience for low-income families!

TEXAS . . . honestly, have you had enough? 

Begin to separate yourself from our ‘power to choose’ retail electricity providers.  Install a PV solar system on your home or business.  Produce a portion of your own electricity.  Hedge your electricity bills, and distance yourself from the usual cast of inside players.

PV is available now, it’s affordable and economic, it’s scalable (any size system works fine), and your investment in PV increases the value of your home or business.  Learn more, and join the solar movement.

You will have no regrets.  It’s time to make a move.  Light from light . . . cool energy.

Chet Boortz, CEO

SES21USA LLC

[The comments, positions, and opinions stated above are my own and may or may not represent those of SES21USA, LLC and its affiliate companies.]

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