Application-specific R&D for clean energy
In 2009, Intermolecular established a team to focus on accelerating development and commercialization of promising technologies in the dynamic and diverse field of clean energy technologies. Current projects are focused on improving conversion efficiency and reducing production costs for crystalline and thin film photovoltaics. Applying HPC technology to rapid prototyping of complete PV devices will dramatically speed the pace of development for next generation, low-cost, high-efficiency solar cells and panels.
CIS (copper, indium, selenide) materials and their earth-abundant cousin, CZTS (copper, zinc, tin, sulfur) are both excellent examples of promising early-development materials for clean energy. By applying HPC technology, we can rapidly prototype integrated devices that employ these complex material systems – and dramatically speed the pace of development for low-cost/high-efficiency solar cells and panels.
Our efforts extend well beyond solar energy. For instance, Intermolecular recently signed a multi-year partnership with Guardian Industries, the largest North American glass company and the world’s largest producer of coated glass products. Guardian and Intermolecular will collaborate on development of a diverse array of advanced glass-coating applications that will help reduce the enormous amount of energy presently consumed in heating and cooling of residential and commercial buildings.
Future areas of technical interest also include ultracapacitors, light-emitting diodes and thin-film batteries. Intermolecular’s HPC technology provides an ideal way to increase R&D productivity and make clean energy technologies commercially viable much more quickly than would otherwise be possible.