Realizing that solar electricity would be widely adopted if it were cost-competitive with fossil fuel-derived electricity, the entrepreneurs behind SolFocus had developed a promising CPV approach -- in their garage -- and were working to advance their technology.
For several years there have been many efforts to employ ink jet technologies in the fabrication of consumer electronics. The potential of displacing large and expensive pieces of electronic fabrication equipment and processes with seemingly appropriately scaled inexpensive alternatives is attractive. However, of course, the devil is in the details. Feature size, accuracy, registration, and materials all have several impacts on design rules, processing, performance, and the types of devices appropriate to the technology. Here we present a look at some of the materials and deposition challenges along with solutions developed at PARC.
Breakthroughs may be born in the lab or boardroom, but they live or die in the marketplace – where people determine their real-world value through actual use. That's why PARC’s approach to innovation -- including ethnography -- places as much importance on people as it does on technology. Breaking down the silos that commonly separate research, engineering, social science, design, and business strategy, PARC is uniquely suited to help our clients identify unmet needs in the marketplace, recommend innovation practices that work, and introduce products and services that sell.
PARC’s integrated planning + control platform (“Plantrol”) enables enterprises in a number of industries to build modular systems that operate intelligently for higher flexibility and availability, with shorter development and testing timeframes than traditional automation approaches.
PARC offers a superior combination of world-class technical expertise, fully integrated on-site development and prototyping infrastructure, and the ability to develop new processes in a commercial MOCVD reactor that are readily transferable to high-volume full-production systems.
PARC’s Mobile Entity Localization and Tracking (MELT) enables new indoor service, networking, and surveillance applications.
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