Bill Nye "The Science Guy" recently presented a new green energy company and their solar panel innovation that will surely take the solar energy industry by storm. It is called Rayton Solar and they have created a thin solar panel that produces less waste, costs less, but does more for green energy.
Rayton Solar is a California-based solar panel company that aims to develop the world's most cost-effective source of energy. Utilizing both particle accelerator technology and solar energy manufacturing, they have created a silicon cutting and handling technique that can be leveraged to transform the way electricity is generated around the world. How they do it is through using a particle accelerator to slice a sliver of silicon that is three microns thick and use that to make solar panels.
The statement provided by Rayton Solar does make their solar panels sound far more appealing for both consumers and the energy. However, it is best to analyze it not just by the numbers, but to compare it to situations pertaining to the solar energy industry in general.
- Rayton Solar uses 50 to 100 times less silicon than the industry standard of manufacturing solar panels. Take note that a silicon is the most expensive part of a solar panel and in order to make it, they saw off a thick piece of silicon which often leaves behind a lot of silicon dust. That dust is both a waste that affects the environment and a cost waste.
- Because Rayton Solar uses 50 to 100 times less silicon for their solar panels, it is about 60 percent cheaper than standard solar panels available on market. This is because it uses a lot less of the most expensive part of a solar panel, silicon.
- Rayton Solar panels have the potential to achieve a 24 percent efficiency versus the 19 percent high-level cell efficiency rate by using Float Zone Silicon (FZ) instead of Czochralski Process Silicon (CZ).
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To be frank, it is amazing Rayton Solar tackled the issue of the waste caused by solar panel production. Though the green energy movement has highly praised the advancements in solar energy, they often avoid the issue of pollutants formed by the panels' production. According to a report by CBS DC back in 2013, solar energy industries are accumulating millions of pounds of polluted sludge and contaminated water backed by billions in government incentives. Not just that, the polluted sludge and contaminated water are often transported away from said solar panel facilities hundreds or thousands of miles away. Transportation to move such pollutants requires fossil fuels.
While many solar energy companies are concentrating on ways to recycle the waste they create, Rayton Solar took it a step further by finding a method that reduces the waste. They do say that the number one method of tackling any issue is prevention right? There is far more corporate information, which includes patents pending and business-related details, available to the public through their official website and their StartEngine which allows investors to invest money into the company and reserve shares.
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