Business

April 10, 2013

Boeing subsidiary Spectrolab sets world record for solar cell efficiency

SYLMAR, Calif. – A Spectrolab solar cell recently set a world record by converting more energy from the sun into electricity than any other ground-based solar cell without solar concentration.

The Boeing subsidiary’s achievement in ground-based solar cell efficiency was verified by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo.

The cell converted 37.8 percent of solar energy using a new class of high-efficiency multi-junction solar cell, created from two or more materials and leveraging Boeing technology that makes semiconductor materials more reliable. The record was set without concentration, the common practice of having lenses or mirrors focus solar rays on the cells.

“We expect this solar cell technology will have significant benefits for space, ground-based, and sensor applications,” said Troy Dawson, president of Spectrolab.

Spectrolab believes this solar cell technology can attain higher levels of efficiency, “possibly more than 45 percent even under low concentrations,” according to Nasser Karam, the company’s vice president for advanced technology.

Spectrolab, which is part of the Boeing Defense, Space & Security unit, is the world’s leading merchant supplier of high-efficiency multi-junction solar cells and panels for concentrated photovoltaic and spacecraft power systems. Spectrolab offers sensors and solar simulators, in addition to being the world’s leading provider of airborne searchlights.

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Air Force photograph by A1C Alexander Guerrero

317th AG delivers during massive JFE

Air Force photograph by A1C Alexander Guerrero Eleven C-130H Herculesí from various Air National Guard units and thirteen C-130J Super Herculesí from the 317th Airlift Group at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, prepare to take off...
 
 
boeing-737-order

Boeing, Jetlines announce order for five 737 MAX 7s

  Boeing and Jetlines announced Dec. 15 an order for five 737 MAX 7s as the new Canadian ultra-low cost carrier builds its future fleet. The order, valued at $438 million at current list prices, includes purchase rights fo...
 
 

Air Force approves full rate production for JASSM-ER

The U.S. Air Force has approved full rate production for Lockheed Martin’s Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range. JASSM-ER successfully completed U.S. Air Force Initial Operational Test and Evaluation flight testing in 2013. During IOT&E, the program had a 95 percent success rate, scoring 20 successes in 21 flights. Lots 11 and 12 of the...
 

 

Raytheon awarded $26 million U.S. Navy contract for Tomahawk launching system

Raytheon has received a $25.9 million U.S. Navy contract for Tomahawk missile Composite Capsule Launching Systems. Production and delivery of the systems will support submarine-launched Tomahawk Cruise missiles. “Submarine and surface-launched Tomahawk missiles have been employed in more than 2,000 combat missions worldwide,” said Roy Donelson, Raytheon Tomahawk senior program direc...
 
 
Lockheed Martin photograph

Lockheed Martin opens facility to accelerate MUOS secure radio terminal, government application development

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin opened its Test Radio Access Facility to assist other industry providers in testing, developing and certifying MUOS radio terminals and government applications more quickly, to get MUO...
 
 

XCOR presents new platforms for suborbital science at AGU

MOJAVE, Calif. -†XCOR AerospaceÆ presents new instruments for solar observation and atmospheric phenomena measurement, alongside its full scale Lynx spacecraft, Dec. 15ñ19 at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco. Both instruments ñ the Southwest Research Institute’s Solar Instrument Pointing Platform and KickSat’s sprite, will demonstrate future platform...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>