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Posted: January 4, 2008
Octillion Continues to Optimize Photovoltaic Properties of NanoPower Window
(Nanowerk News) Octillion Corp. (OTCBB:OCTL), an alternative energy technology incubator, is pleased to provide an update on its ongoing research and development activities for the Company’s first-of-its-kind transparent glass window potentially capable of generating electricity.
Octillion’s NanoPower Window™ technology uses silicon nanoparticles that have the potential to convert conventional home, office and industrial glass windows into those capable of converting solar energy into electricity. The silicon nanoparticles are created through a unique electrochemical and ultrasound process that produces identically sized (1 to 4 nanometers in diameter) highly luminescent nanoparticles of silicon that provide varying wavelengths of photoluminescence with high quantum down-conversion efficiency of short wavelengths (50% to 60%).
“Our silicon nanoparticles are the foundation of our NanoPower Windows,” states Mr. Nicholas S. Cucinelli, President and CEO of Octillion Corp. “In fact, independent tests have shown that the same silicon nanoparticles used in Octillion’s NanoPower Window™ are also able to enhance the power output of conventional solar cells by up to 70% in the ultraviolet light range and 10% in the visible. Consequently, and contingent on the success of our ongoing research, we are optimistic that transparent cells based entirely on our nanomaterials will one day offer a cost-effective photovoltaic enhancement to conventional windows.”
In mid-2007, collaborating research scientists successfully engineered and assembled an early lab scale model of Octillion’s photovoltaic NanoPower Window™, a see-through developmental prototype, which achieved optically active down-conversion and displayed good electrical properties with no electrical shorts. This significant milestone was achieved in part due to the successful development of a protocol for reliably depositing nanoparticles onto glass surfaces using a proprietary electro spray system able to produce nanofilms of controllable thickness.
The electro spray deposition system allows the silicon nanoparticles to retain their high efficiency of down-conversion of UV light to the visible after being sprayed, a procedure that does not compromise the optical characteristics of the nanoparticles, both in intensity and spectral distribution, a prerequisite for efficient photovoltaic conversion.
Since the development of the initial prototype, the Company has been working to establish photovoltaic characteristics in its NanoPower Window™. These efforts include experimentation with different types and thicknesses of ultrathin transparent conductive coatings, verification of conversion efficiencies at various wavelengths (UV, blue, green, red, etc.), refinements to our electro spray deposition process, and variation of the deposition thickness of silicon nanoparticles in order to achieve maximum electronic transport and collection efficiency.
Successful outcomes from the above noted experimentation will allow the Company to advance its research and development initiatives for the NanoPower Window™. Future research goals will include, among other things, optimizing photovoltaic efficiency versus window transparency and eventually conducting a cost benefit engineering analysis.
“In addition to building on the basic research supporting our NanoPower Windows,” continues Mr. Cucinelli, “we are now also actively seeking to bolster our technology portfolio and accelerate our development by identifying, evaluating and potentially acquiring enabling and complementary photovoltaic and other alternative energy technologies. Our goal is to establish a robust pipeline of leading-edge alternative energy technologies that have the real and significant potential of radically transforming the way in which we power our built environment, including homes, offices and buildings.”
About Octillion Corp.
Octillion Corp. is a technology incubator focused on the identification, acquisition, development and eventual commercialization of emerging, leading-edge alternative energy technologies.
Through established relationships with universities, research institutions and government agencies, we strive to identify technologies and business opportunities on the leading edge of innovation that have the potential of serving significant and unmet market needs.
Once a technology has been identified, we fund the research and development activities relating to the technology with the intention of ultimately, if warranted, licensing, commercializing and marketing the subject technology, either through internal resources, collaborative agreements or otherwise.
Unique to our business model is the use of established research infrastructure owned by the various institutions we deal with, saving us significant capital which would otherwise be required for such things as land and building acquisition, equipment and furniture purchases, and other incidental start-up costs. As a result, we are able to benefit from leading-edge research while employing significantly less capital than conventional organizations.
Among our current research and development activities is the development of a technology that could adapt existing home and office glass windows into those capable of generating electricity from solar energy without losing significant transparency or requiring major changes in manufacturing infrastructure.
The technological potential of adapting existing glass windows into those capable of generating electricity from the sun’s solar energy has been made possible through a ground-breaking discovery of an electrochemical and ultrasound process that produces identically sized (1 to 4 nanometers in diameter) highly luminescent nanoparticles of silicon that provide varying wavelengths of photoluminescence with high quantum down-conversion efficiency of short wavelengths (50% to 60%).
When thin films of silicon nanoparticles are deposited (sprayed) onto silicon substrates, ultraviolet light is absorbed and converted into electrical current. With appropriate connections, the films act as nanosilicon photovoltaic solar cells that convert solar radiation to electrical energy.
For additional information, please visit: www.octillioncorp.com