| Solar3D, Inc. is developing a breakthrough 3-dimensional solar cell technology to maximize the conversion of sunlight into electricity. Up to 30% of incident sunlight is currently reflected off the surface of conventional solar cells, and more is lost inside the solar cell materials. Inspired by light management techniques used in fiber optic devices, our innovative solar cell technology utilizes a 3-dimensional design to trap sunlight inside micro-photovoltaic structures where photons bounce around until they are converted into electrons. This next generation solar cell will be dramatically more efficient, resulting in a lower cost per watt that will make solar power affordable for the world. |
Inspired by light management techniques used in fiber optic devices, Solar3D's innovative solar cell technology utilizes a 3-dimensional design to trap sunlight inside micro-photovoltaic structures where photons bounce around until they are converted into electrons. The company's management believes that this breakthrough solar cell will dramatically change the economics of solar energy.
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The company’s analysis indicates that a typical 17% efficient solar cell performs more like a 5% efficient cell when light is shining 20 degrees from the side, such as during the morning and evening hours. The company estimates that its Solar3D cell can maintain its high 25% efficiency for a longer period of time and can generate 250% of the power output of conventional solar cells. This translates to an estimated 40% reduction in the payback period of a fully installed Solar3D panel array!
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1) Title: WIDE ANGLE THREE-DIMENSIONAL SOLAR CELLS
Pub. date: 29.08.2013
Appl. No: PCT/US2013/02691
Description: A three dimensional solar cell composed of a semiconductor body that has a substantially flat bottom surface, and shaped trenches formed in an arrayed manner along its top side. Thus, multiple pillars are thereby formed in the semiconductor body extending toward the top side of the semiconductor body. A light collecting material fills the shaped trenches along the top side of the semiconductor body and forms a substantially flat light receiving top surface parallel to the bottom surface of the semiconductor body. Each of at least some of the trenches are structured such that there exists at least one point on the substantially flat light receiving surface that if a light ray is incident on that point, the light ray, if remaining within the corresponding trench, as opposed to entering the semiconductor body, will be redirected upwards at least after a fourth reflection on neighboring pillars.
2) Title: THREE DIMENSIONAL SOLAR POWER SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF MAKING SAME
Pub. date: 26.04.2012
Appl. No: PCT/US2011/056647
Description: High efficiency three dimensional solar power systems are disclosed. One example solar power system includes light collectors and first and second photovoltaic diodes arranged to receive light from the light collector. The photovoltaic diodes are in spaced opposition to each other to receive reflected portions of light from each other.
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James Nelson - President and CEO
Mr. James Nelson began his executive career 30 years ago at Bain and Company, the premier business strategy consulting firm in the world, where he managed teams of consultants on four continents solving CEO-level programs for global companies. Prior to joining Solar3D, he spent 20 years working in the private equity industry as both a capital partner and operating CEO to portfolio companies. Mr. Nelson was a General Partner at Peterson Partners from 2007 to 2009, and at Millennial Capital Partners from 1991-2010. In addition to his responsibilities in acquisition and divestiture, Mr. Nelson worked as an executive in a number of portfolio companies. He served as CEO of Euro-Tek Store Fixture, LLC, Chairman of the Board of American Retail Interiors, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Panelview Inc. and Chairman of the Board of Critical Power Exchange, as well as serving on numerous boards of companies. The companies led by Mr. Nelson have created exceptional returns for investors - sometimes over 20 times the original investment.
Prior to his years in private equity, Mr. Nelson served as Vice President of Marketing at Banana Republic/The Gap, where he managed company-wide marketing, as well as the initial international expansion of Banana Republic. He was also General Manager for the highly profitable catalog division. He also served as Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development at Saga Corporation, a multi-billion dollar food service company.
Mr. Nelson received his Masters of Business Administration degree from Brigham Young University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was named the Outstanding MBA Graduate. Mr. Nelson's expansive experience in global companies, worldview strategic thinking, and hands-on entrepreneurial and operating execution is ideally suited to help exploit Solar3D's breakthrough solar cell technology in a multi-trillion dollar global market opportunity.
Abe Emard - CEO, SUNworks
Abe Emard is the CEO of SUNworks, a division of Solar3D, and is actively engaged in the design, installation and management of solar energy solutions for commercial, agricultural and residential customers. Mr. Emard is a co-founder of SUNworks and has served as CEO since the company's inception in February 2011. From 2000 until co-founding SUNworks, he worked for Emard Electric, Inc. as its Project Manager, Vice President and Business Development Officer. Mr. Emard holds a construction management degree from the University of California at Davis extension program and a Journeyman State Certified License. He is a certified installer for Canadian Solar, Sharp, AE Solaron, and PV Powered.
Changwan Son, Ph.D. - Director of Technology
Dr. Changwan Son, is an internationally published and recognized expert in the field of photonics and optoelectronic devices. His most recent post-doctoral research work at the University of California at Santa Barbara involves a novel low voltage semiconductor laser for use as nano-sized optical interconnects to replace metal wires inside high speed microprocessors and telecommunication devices. The design, based on metal slab waveguides, is the first in the world. He was responsible for the complete lifecycle of the project from the initial investigation and design, to computer modeling, to fabricating a working prototype. He also designed manufacturing processes and testing techniques for its commercial production. His breakthrough work has been published in Integrated Photonics and Nanophotonics Research and Applications, and the Lasers and Electro Optics Society.
Dr. Son received his Ph.D., Masters of Science, and Bachelors of Science degrees, all in Electrical Engineering at the Pusan National University in Korea. He has authored 15 publications on optoelectronic design and fabrication. One of his papers received the "Photonics Conference 2006 Best Paper Award" in Jeju, Korea. In addition to his academic skills, he also possess skills necessary to develop devices from concept to prototype using III-V materials, semiconductor lasers and amplifiers, optical waveguides, lithography, dry and wet etching, metal and dielectric film deposition, BeamPro and FullWave simulation, selective material growth using MBE and MOCVD. Dr. Son is clean room certified for basic micro-fabrication was well as Class I operations.
His decade long experience on the cutting edge of optoelectronic devices makes him well suited to develop Solar3D's innovative 3-dimensional solar cell. A solar cell converting light into electricity is like a laser working backwards converting electricity into light. His creativity and experience in micro- and nano-laser design is valuable in optimizing the performance of Solar3D's micro-photovoltaic structures.
Emil Beitpolous - President, SUNworks
Emil Beitpolous, has been the president of SUNworks since February 2011. From October 2009 until joining SUNworks, he worked for Emard Electric, Inc. as its general superintendent where he was responsible for all solar field crews of up to 25 employees, project management of all commercial projects, recruitment of all field employees, project budgeting and forecasting, and strategy for all field operations. From 2007 to September 2009, Mr. Beitpolous was the solar superintendent of Rayco Electric, Inc. where he was responsible for all aspects of photovoltaic installation and performing quality inspections on system drawing and installations. He received his WECA IEC Journeyman Training Certification in 2009 and a California State License Board General B License in 2004.
Nadir Dagli, Ph.D. – Chief Scientific Advisor
Nadir Dagli, lead inventor of the Company's breakthrough technology, is an expert in the field of photonics and nanophotonics for high-speed telecommunication devices. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA in 1986. Since 1987, Dr. Dagli has been a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB). His current research includes the design, fabrication and modeling of guided-wave components for optical integrated circuits, ultra fast electro-optic optical modulators, wavelength division multiplexed components and photonic nanostructures. He has consulted with both government and international agencies such as NSF and the United Nations as well as corporate enterprises such as Tektronix and Teledyne. Dr. Dagli is a fellow of the IEEE, an honor conferred to those with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in the IEEE fields of interest.
Over his career, Dr. Dagli has pioneered many novel breakthrough technologies in photonics and made significant contributions to compound semiconductor electro-optic modulators that are critical to high-speed telecommunication systems. His group was the first to demonstrate electron wave interference effects and current switching in coupled electron wires. In enabling advanced photonics research, Dr. Dagli made pioneering contributions to novel beam propagation methods (BPMs) to account for wide angle and vector nature of electromagnetic wave propagation. His BPMs are the most efficient in the world today and are included in most commercial photonics simulation and engineering software packages. Dr. Dagli's novel slow wave traveling wave electrodes on GaAs/AlGaAs epitaxial layers removed from their substrates allowed for the realization and fabrication of optical modulators with bandwidths exceeding 40 GHz. Most recently, his research group broke the record for successfully making the world's lowest drive voltage optical modulator with drive voltages of 0.3 V.
Dr. Dagli chaired and served on the technical program committees and advisory committees of numerous leading conferences such as CLEO, CLEO Pacific Rim, IEEE Lasers and Electro Optics Society Annual Meeting, IEEE International Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics, OSA Integrated Photonic and Nanophotonics Research and Applications topical meeting, SPIE Photonics West and SPIE International Symposium on Microtechnologies for the New Millennium. He served as a member of editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, 1994-1998. Dr. Dagli was the Associate Editor for IEEE Photonics Technology Letters from 1997 to 2000 and the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Photonics Technology Letters 2000-2005. He authored and coauthored over 150 journal and conference publications, several book chapters as well as an edited book titled "High Speed Photonic Devices" published by Taylor and Francis.
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