Company: Solexant Corp.
Headquarters: San Jose, CA
Size of Company: 20-49 employees
Industry: Electronics and semiconductors
Primary Product Line: Ultrathin-film inorganic solar PV cells and modules
Name of Project: Nanocrystal Solar Cells and Modules
Project Objective: To reduce the installed cost of solar energy while making solar manufacturing significantly less capital-intensive
Technologies Employed: SolidWorks, Rockwell Automation PLCs, Dell network server and wireless network
Accomplishments/ROI: Cells, at 1 micron thick, are 200 times thinner than traditional solar cells, reducing material costs; eliminated the need for expensive clean rooms and high-tech machinery; processing speed is 10 times faster than the competition; capital equipment costs were one-third those of traditional silicon solar technologies and less than one-half those of the thin-film leader; reduced the cost of solar to 50 cents per watt