Solland Solar, a solar cell manufacturer based in The Netherlands has developed a unique looking photovoltaic cell called the Sunweb. Not only does the new technology look cool but the Sunweb solar cell concentrates the generated electricity to the back of the cell, resulting in a 30% higher output per cell. The Sunweb solar cell was developed in conjunction with the Energy Research Center of The Netherlands. Typically, with traditional solar cells, a bus bar on the front of each solar cell result in a smaller surface area to collect sunlight. Although with the SunWeb the bus bars are located on the back of the cell allowing more surface area to generate electricity.
These Monocrystalline silicon cells, which are made from a single crystal of silicon, are typically the most efficient of the PV technologies. The catch is that the manufacturing process for monocrystalline technologies is more complicated (and more expensive). Amorphous silicon cells – often called "thin film" because they absorb sunlight more easily – can be deposited on a broader range of substrates and are thus suitable for flexible, rigid and curved surfaces.