MIT Graduate Develops Cheaper Process to Create Solar Cells

Posted on January 18, 2012


At the age of 28, Chris Rivest landed a coveted spot on MIT’s Technology Review magazine as one of the world’s top innovators under the age of 35. As the co-founder of SunPrint, a company that develops technology that allows cheap fabrication of solar cells, this recognition is much deserved.

Based on standard product development, a solar cell costs $2 per watt to produce. With Rivest’s technology, that amount has been brought down to $.50 per watt. This makes solar power a highly feasible and cheaper alternative to coal and natural gas.  Using an old process, acoustic printing, which Xerox originally developed, Chris eliminated the need for expensive materials used to create solar cells. Once more people and industries decide to use alternative energy, Rivest’s innovation will be in demand.

His method is so efficient that engineering experts at MIT applauded his work.  Also a graduate of the institution, Rivest is seen to have much potential in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship.

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