Sector Update: 

SOLAR

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NEW SOLAR DESIGN TURNS

 

SURFACES INTO POWER SOURCES

Two months ago, 
a California-based 
startup, Sunflare, 
unveiled a new 
innovative solar 
panel technology, 
and its success has 
now spread to the 
Valley of the Sun.

TECHNOLOGY

The cutting-edge technology took over 14 years to develop 
and is a total game-changer in terms of sustainability and 
accessibility. The main reason being is that the product uses 
CIGS solar cells, which do not require glass and allow for 
significantly thinner layers of semiconductors. The design 
permits the panels to be flexible and stick onto almost any 
flat surface, even wide-angled curved surfaces. 

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 “Our cells 

look the same as traditional crystalline silicon, but they 
are a totally different animal,” says Elizabeth Sanderson, 
Chief Marketing Officer at Sunflare. “The cells are lighter, 
bendable, laminated and as thin as 2mm, as opposed to 
41mm traditional silicon.” 

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 The installation itself is easier 

and more efficient because it does not require an aluminum 
frame, which means that almost any building can become 
a power-generating hub under the sun. Sunflare states that 
the thin and agile technology is as durable as traditional 
solar and is expected to last at least 25 years. 

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 “Right now, 

we’re producing at 15-16 percent cell efficiency, that’s what 
we’ve seen lately, while traditional solar ranges from 13-22 
percent,” Sanderson says. “We’re in the middle, but we’re 
just in the beginning of our technical research and always 
hearing that our efficiency is improving.”