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Sliver Solar Cells

A bifacial, flexible Sliver module.

A bifacial flexible module, capable of absorbing light from both sides.

A 0.1m^2 flexible module, capable of generating over 14w.

A 0.1m^2 flexible module, capable of generating over 14W.

SLIVER technology is a technology for the fabrication of thin, bifacial, high quality silicon solar cells and modules. They were developed at the Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems with funding assistance from Origin Energy. SLIVER technology uses a novel process to achieve high efficiencies while significantly reducing the amount of expensive silicon in solar cells. Solar cells based on SLIVER technology are typically about a quarter of the thickness of conventional silicon cells. Solar modules made from SLIVERs can be lightweight, flexible and transparent and offer imaginative opportunities for building integration and other applications.

The unique attributes of SLIVER Cell technology could open many new SLIVER Cell applications, in addition to conventional rooftop and off-grid uses, including:

  • Transparent SLIVER Cell panes to replace building windows and cladding
  • Flexible, roll-up solar panels
  • High-voltage solar panels
  • Solar powered aircraft, satellite and surveillance systems.

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