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How to Scale Solar Energy

How Rayton Solar Plans to Scale Solar

Rayton Solar will follow Moore’s law of scaling for semiconductor devices, which says that every doubling of production capacity will mean a reduction in cost by half.

Rayton’s solar strategy is to first grow within the renewable energy market until it can be applied at the utility-scale level. Only a handful of particle accelerator technologies have been tested for use in solar cell and solar panel manufacturing, all of which were economically limited by machinery and implementation costs. Rayton Solar slices up ultra-precise pieces of gallium arsenide (GaAs), the key material used to make solar panels, and in doing so replaces a clunky silicon cutting process used in traditional solar panel manufacturing that leaves behind wasted silicon in the form of sawdust. With Rayton’s technology, we believe we can bring the cost down enough so that we can put these highly efficient cells in new terrestrial applications such as the electronic devices we use every day.  These innovate solar projects may include anything with a battery that can be paired up with a solar cell to offset carbon emissions.

Phase I

Solar Electronics and Renewable Energy Systems

We believe that with a creative strategy for solar cell production, we can improve everyday life while fostering a sustainable future for the planet. We plan to execute this goal by building out our technology for everyday life: cell phones, home systems and other renewable energy sources. In direct sunlight, we anticipate that cell phones powered by our solar cells will charge in under 3 hours. Existing cell technology would take around 7 hours. Our ion beam solar technology increases the throughput of existing Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition processes used in the production of electronics. With Rayton’s technology, you can bring the cost of solar energy down enough so that everyday electronics can be paired economically with a solar cell. This is made possible with particle accelerator technology that makes Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) economically viable — a semiconductor with many technical advantages over silicon. GaAs wafers are over 100 times more expensive than silicon wafers, however because our approach only uses a thin, two-micron sliver of GaAs, we can significantly reduce costs.

Phase II

SOLAR POWERED CARS AND EVS

The world is shifting to electric cars. China and India have banned all gas cars by 2030, and the UK and France by 2040. The incentive is there, but grid energy to charge these cars is still limited by cost and prone to waste.

Solar powered cars use photovoltaic cells to convert sunlight into energy. Rayton Solar will play a major role in the photovoltaic industry by transforming the existing silicon wafer creation process, replacing the prevailing cutting technique with a far more efficient process that uses a semiconductor material called Gallium Arsenide (GaAs). Electronic vehicle semiconductors play a major role in car products like navigation control, collision detections, and solar-powered driverless cars—which are all expected to be commonplace by 2048. The goal of Rayton Solar is to mass produce the most efficient and powerful solar powered cars that aren’t affected by the waste habits of traditional solar cell production.

Phase III

Utility Scale Energy

Rayton’s business strategy is to grow with our technology until it can be applied at the utility-scale level. By starting at the high end consumer product level (solar cell electronics) with high margins, we can ride the wave of this growth to eventually become a utility-scale solar facility that generates enough GW production to drive cost-effective solar powered products for a diverse set of utility-scale solar farms and projects—from military and defense facilities, to small and large industrial facilities, and commercial businesses.

Our partnership with Phoenix Nuclear Labs (PNL) as our exclusive supplier of high current proton accelerators enables us to use an ion implantation technique to produce a thin layer of solar cell wafers for a variety of solar energy applications.