Nanosolar Ships First Panels

I’ve been taking an interest in this outfit ever since I saw it on Smart Stuff some time ago. Now it seems that this company has gone from promising vaporware to actually shipping a product:

– the world’s first printed thin-film solar cell in a commercial panel product;
– the world’s first thin-film solar cell with a low-cost back-contact capability;

– the world’s lowest-cost solar panel – which we believe will make us the first solar manufacturer capable of profitably selling solar panels at as little as $.99/Watt;

– the world’s highest-current thin-film solar panel – delivering five times the current of any other thin-film panel on the market today and thus simplifying system deployment;

– an intensely systems-optimized product with the lowest balance-of-system cost of any thin-film panel – due to innovations in design we have included.

If this actually works out to be a viable enterprise, it could bring solar into the realm of real alternatives in the competitive energy market, and that would be huge. But why does this US alternative energy company have to go to Germany to find its first customer?

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