BioSolar, developer of a technology to produce bioplastic materials from renewable plant sources that will reduce the cost of solar cells, provides a look at the company’s plans to develop and market its bio-based plastic solar cell backing material. BioSolar’s new products will be able to be used as the backing material for all solar cells, whether manufactured utilizing industry standard technology, or new “thin film” technologies.
“Today, petroleum-based plastics are used in the production of virtually all solar cells and modules. However, the cost of these plastics has been steadily increasing due to rising oil prices, which runs counter to the industry’s effort to further cost reductions to make solar energy competitive with conventional fossil fuel. Furthermore, petroleum-based plastics are not environmentally neutral,” said Dr. David Lee, president and CEO, adding, “BioSolar’s new tough bioplastic will be able to offer the durability and environmental characteristics of conventional petroleum-based plastics, and at the same time helps to reduce the cost of solar cells.”
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Source: BioSolar, Inc., press release, 2007-08-14.