NovaSolix is developing the technology that will generate the cleanest and cheapest form of energy on Earth: rectifying antennas that convert light to electricity from the entire solar spectrum.
NovaSolix’s carbon nanotube (CNT) antennas are small enough to match the nano-scale wavelengths of sunlight. Antennas can convert electromagnetic spectrum much more efficiently than photovoltaic (PV) cells. When perfected, NovaSolix antennas will capture far more energy from the sun, and far more efficiently, achieving near 90% efficiency (versus ~20% for PV).
NovaSolix has successfully manufactured the world's fastest diode – a critical component for energy conversion.
From the beginning, NovaSolix engineers have developed our products so that they can be manufactured using roll-to-roll advanced manufacturing techniques. At scale, these techniques insure that NovaSolix’s products will be the cheapest form of energy on Earth.
World's MOST EFFICIENT solar energy
Our solution, manufactured at scale, will enable solar energy to be produced at a cost per kWh less than fossil fuels.
How IS THIS POSSIBLE? A History of Exponentially Smaller Things:
Antennas, diodes, and manufacturing technology have achieved exponentially smaller scales over the decades. NovaSolix is taking advantage of recent nano-scale developments in all three of these areas to create a technology that was not possible until the last few years.
The NovaSolix Vision
How much better must a new technology be to be revolutionary? Archimedes crossed a magic line when he discovered why objects float. The Wright brothers crossed a magic line when they measured lift and drag. NovaSolix has invented a self assembling antenna array solar cell which will be 2-4 times more efficient at a less than 1/10 the cost per watt of existing solar.
NovaSolix is crossing a magic line. The energy revolution is beginning. Read more about our vision →
There have been a few universities that have done work similar to NovaSolix’s technology. Georgia Tech described a forest of carbon nanotube bundles connected to MoC diodes in “A carbon nanotube optical rectenna”, by Asha Sharma1,2†, Virendra Singh1†, Thomas L. Bougher1† and Baratunde A. Cola1,3*, published in Nature Nanotechnology Letters 9/28/15. Researchers from California Institute of Technology also described an asymmetric MoC diode in “Ultrafast metal-insulator-multi-wall carbon nanotube tunneling diode employing asymmetrical structure effect” by Jeong Hee Shin a, Jaehan Im a, Ji-Woong Choi a, Hyun Sik Kim b, Jung Inn Sohn c,Seung Nam Cha c, and Jae Eun Jang a, published in Carbon 102 (2016) 172e180. A third one, “Towards Rectennas for Solar Energy Harvesting”, by Naser Sedghi*, J. W. Zhang, J. F. Ralph, Y. Huang, I. Z. Mitrovic, and S. Hall, from the University of Liverpool, described constructing a patch antenna array interconnected with rather large MiiC diodes. While none of these efforts are particularly close to NovaSolix’s approach, they confirm the theoretical ability to get to over 80% conversion efficiency with full wave rectification compared to the Shockley-Queisser limit of 33.7% efficiency for traditional single silicon junction solar cells.
NovaSolix has filed the following patents:
SOLAR ANTENNA ARRAY AND ITS FABRICATION
Filed April 24 2012 (Laurence H. Cooke); Solar antenna array fabricated with V-groove stencils
LOW POWER SEMI-REFLECTIVE DISPLAY
Issued Oct 20 2015 (Laurence H. Cooke); Display with Solar antenna array pixels
Continuation Issued November 22 2016 (Laurence H Cooke)
Second Continuation Filed November 21 2016 (Laurence H Cooke)
SOLAR ANTENNA ARRAY AND ITS FABRICATION
Filed December 24 2014 (Laurence H. Cooke & William Allen); SWCNT grown between V-grooves
SOLAR ANTENNA ARRAY AND ITS FABRICATION AND USES
Filed May 1 2015 (Laurence H. Cooke & William Allen); MOC & MIIM Diodes & Display applications
A BLACK BODY INFRARED ANTENNA ARRAY
Filed Oct 1 2015 (Laurence H. Cooke & William Allen); Infrared Antennas collect from Carbon source
INCREMENTAL SOLAR ANTENNA ARRAY FABRICATION
Filed April 20 2016 (Laurence H. Cooke & Andreas Hegedus); Roll-to-Roll manufacturing
Continuation in Part filed August 29 2016 (Laurence H Cooke et.al.)
Second Continuation in Part filed January 20 2017 (Laurence H Cooke et. al.)