Solar Startup Born in a Garage Is Beating China to Cheaper Panels
Australia-based SunDrive has made a materials breakthrough that promises to increase the efficiency and lower the cost of solar panels. About seven years ago, Vince Allen barged into the garage he shared with some flatmates in a Sydney suburb and set about trying to shake up the solar industry. He was at the time a PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales, and he had an idea for making solar panels much cheaper: replace the expensive silver typically used to pull electricity out of the devices with plentiful, cheap copper.
September 9, 2021