February 1, 2013
1366 Technologies Tries to Break the Solyndra Curse
Martin LaMonica, MIT Technology Review
A small solar startup opens a new factory and gets ready to tap a Department of Energy loan guarantee with the hopes of competing with global manufacturers. This may sounds like the second coming of Solyndra, but the story of 1366 Technologies so far is very different.
1366 Technologies yesterday opened a demonstration plant here where it will manufacture wafers, the thin square sheets of silicon that are converted into cells, which are then wired together to make a solar panel.
By solar industry standards, the plant is very small—25 megawatts per year. But it’s significant because it will put 1366 Technologies’ cost-saving technology to test in a manufacturing...