SOURCE: Solar3D, Inc.

Solar3D, Inc.

April 17, 2013 03:01 ET

Solar3D Files Patent Application in China for Breakthrough 3-Dimensional Solar Cell

Company Intellectual Property for Its Ultra-Efficient Silicon Solar Cell Will Be Protected in One of the World's Largest Solar Markets

SANTA BARBARA, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 17, 2013) - Solar3D, Inc. (OTCBB: SLTD), the developer of a breakthrough 3-dimensional solar cell technology to maximize the conversion of sunlight into electricity, today announced that the company has filed a patent application to protect its next generation solar cell design and methods of fabrication in China.

"China and the US represent an enormous share of the world's future demand for solar cells over the next two to three decades," said Jim Nelson, CEO of Solar3D. "By protecting our intellectual property in China, in addition to the existing protection we have in the US, Solar3D will have exclusive access to these important markets for our breakthrough technology."

Nelson continued, "The recent news of major solar companies investing in smaller company efficiency innovations confirms that we are on the right track for the future of this market."

Inspired by light management techniques used in fiber optic devices, the company's innovative solar cell technology utilizes a 3-dimensional design to trap sunlight inside micro-photovoltaic structures where photons bounce around until they are converted into electrons -- resulting in very high efficiency and light collection throughout the day. Solar3D's working, proof-of-concept prototype of its innovative solar cell has prepared the firm to focus on the new product's commercialization -- developing an advanced manufacturing prototype, executing a pilot production run, and identifying a fabrication partner that will mass produce the product and take it commercial.

The results of the initial tests of the original prototype have been very encouraging. However, the company's technical team continues to make improvements. Version 2.0 of the Solar3D cell is currently being built in the lab.

"Our objective is grid parity or better," Nelson continued. "By re-engineering the solar cell to manage the light and extract more of its available power, we have made a product that: (1) is significantly more efficient, (2) can collect light from wide angles and (3) is production friendly. The end result is a solar cell that will deliver more electricity at a substantially reduced cost per kilowatt hour."

Nelson concluded, "Our 3-dimensional, highly efficient solar cell is a game changing technology which we know works. It will only get better from here. Protecting the technology in China, together with the US, assures us that we have access to markets worth billions of dollars."

About Solar3D, Inc.
Solar3D, Inc. is developing a breakthrough 3-dimensional solar cell technology to maximize the conversion of sunlight into electricity. Up to 30% of incident sunlight is currently reflected off the surface of conventional solar cells, and more is lost inside the solar cell materials. Inspired by light management techniques used in fiber optic devices, our innovative solar cell technology utilizes a 3-dimensional design to trap sunlight inside micro-photovoltaic structures where photons bounce around until they are converted into electrons. An innovative wide-angle light collection feature on the cell surface allows for the collection of sunlight over a range of angles during the day. This next generation solar cell will be dramatically more efficient, resulting in a lower cost per watt that will make solar power affordable for the world. To learn more about Solar3D, please visit our website at http://www.Solar3D.com.

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