BioSolar works to make solar power energy cleaner and cheaper by using bio-based materials from renewable plant sources. The company last week announced that it finally received the Relative Thermal Index (RTI) recognition from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for its BioBacksheet. RTI is the
A renewable plant-based photovoltaic (PV) solar module has been developed by BioSolar, a developer of bio-based materials from plants in order to reduce the per watt cost of solar cells. The company’s goal is to explore a new cost-saving avenue by exploring bio-based materials that can replace petroleum-based plastic solar cell components.
BioSolar Inc., a publicly traded California company, says it’s come up with a way to build a better solar panel, with plastics made from plants.
I sat down recently with company CEO David Lee, both of us at keyboards, to discuss BioSolar’s plans for a plastic revolution in sun power manufacturing.
Lee’s protective backing is derived from cotton and castor beans, and costs 25 percent less than Tedlar, the petroleum-based film made by rival DuPont, company officials say. Lee, an electrical engineer, founded the company in 2006.
Q: What makes BioSolar different from other solar companies in the United States?
Lee: BioSolar is developing a technology to produce bio-based photovoltaic (PV) components from renewable plant sources that will reduce the cost per watt of PV modules. BioSolar will gradually replace the petroleum-based portions of the PV module and do so at a substantial cost savings.