Press Releases
posted: May 17th, 2010
Solterra partners with JETRO to Introduce Tetrapod Quantum Dot Materials & Low-Cost, Highly Efficient Tetrapod Quantum Dot Solar Cell Technologies to Japan
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posted: May 11th, 2010
Solterra announces the Appointment of Toshi Ando to the Newly Created Position of Senior Director Asian Business Development
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posted: April 29th, 2010
Solterra engages Green Giant Venture Fund to Accomplish Forward Sale of Carbon Credits From Planned Saudi Arabian Solar Project
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posted: April 22nd, 2010
Solterra implements High Volume Quantum Dot Manufacturing Plan
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The Market
Solar power is already in an explosive growth mode, but here Solterra we are singularly positioned to lead the development of truly cost- efficient and sustainable solar technology as the first company to introduce a new dimension of cost reduction by replacing silicon wafer based solar modules with a low cost Quantum Dot based solar cell module.

Solterra's process does NOT require costly silicon rare earth minerals or slow, cumbersome vacuum processing or sputtering methods, thereby creating a new paradigm in the industry. Furthermore Solterra can produce its own high quality tetrapod quantum dots using a revolutionary patent pending process that results in cost savings up to 95% over the traditional quantum dot manufacturing process.

Low Cost Solar Cells
Using proprietary technology, Solterra Renewable Technologies, Inc. will utilize our robust IP portfolio in third generation photovoltaic materials and solar cell processing technology to produce the lowest priced solar power available today.

Solterra Renewable Technologies, Inc. will produce high volume hybrid solar cells using revolutionary low cost Quantum Dot synthesis technology and a proprietary conjugated polymer technology that can and will deliver unmatched efficiency and production economy.

Technology Breakthrough: Low Cost, High Effiency Cells
UN Environment ProgramQuantum dots are "mega-molecules" of semiconducting materials that are smaller than living cells. Q.D.’s interact with light in unique ways to give off different-colored light or to create electrons and holes, due partly to their tiny size, partly to their shape and partly to the material from which they are made. Using proprietary technologies, Solterra Renewable Technologies, Inc. will manufacture very low cost solar cells utilizing Q.D. Technology…(less than half the price of competition). Proprietary Q.D.’s are a primary ingredient in Solterra Renewable Technologies, Inc.’s solar cells. "Our work knocks down a big barrier in developing quantum dot-based photovoltaics as an alternative to the conventional, more expensive, silicon-based solar cells," said co-author and principal investigator Michael Wong, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University. Dr. Wong explained that the way towards cheaper more efficient solar cells is to manufacture them using Quantum Dots.

Quantum Dot technology is by far the most efficient method of producing solar electricity but until recently the high cost of producing Q.D.’s made their use in Solar Panels prohibitive. Solterra Renewable Technologies, Inc. has changed that with a new proprietary Quantum Dot production technology. This new technology reduced the cost of Q.D. production by more than 90%. This new Q.D. production technique, developed by Dr. Wong of Rice University has been acquired by Solterra Renewable Technologies, Inc.

By applying this proprietary low cost production technology to the manufacture of Q.D.’s and applying it to Solar Energy Cells, the cost of solar generated electricity is reduced to little more than grid price at today’s electricity price. Grid prices are expected to increase by more than 50% over the next five years. Based on the above: in five years, solar energy using the Solterra Quantum Dot Technology will be approximately half the cost of grid pricing.

Sunny Economic Forecast
UN Environment ProgramThe solar energy industry, which encompasses technology, research, manufacturing, training, and installation, has a direct impact on many facets of U.S. commerce. Since the 1970s, when the solar energy market was virtually nonexistent, the business of solar energy has seen 100-fold price decreases, which has led to the production of millions of watts per year and created a national market worth about $2 billion. The current U.S. solar industry employs some 20,000 men and women in high-value, high-tech jobs, representing about 300 companies, universities, and utilities (estimates based on Directory of the U.S. Photovoltaics Industry. 1996. Washington, DC: Solar Energy Industries Association [SEIA]). And by 2020, the industry is expected to grow toward a workforce of 150,000 ("Energy Alternatives and Jobs." 2000. Renewable Energy World, 3(6):November/December, pp. 26-32). Jobs associated with the solar energy industry are in engineering, science, management, architecture, construction, planning, education, sales, skilled labor, finance, and design.

The solar industry continues to grow steadily as costs for solar systems decline in the expanding markets for renewable energy. Since the late 1990s, the market for solar energy has grown at an annual rate of 20%. The solar industry estimates that growth rates above 25% annually are possible, resulting in a $27 billion market by 2020. With technological innovations lowering costs and increased market growth leading to new jobs and export opportunities, solar energy can become a major high-tech growth industry that contributes significantly to our economic growth and improves our trade balance.