Argonne National Laboratory

X-rays help create solar shingles

Research at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) played an important role in the development of the world’s first solar-cell shingles. Dow Chemical scientists, working at the APS between 2007 and 2009, studied the chemical and structural composition of lnGaCuSe, the active material in Powerhouse Solar Shingles, using in situ X-ray diffraction and scanning techniques. This work led to the development of synthesized InGaCuSe materials used in the shingles. Design and processing of the shingles occurred at Dow facilities.