The manufacturing process that uses basically an ink jet process, and had the potential to exceed the best silicon efficiency, which at present is 24%, by double. Solar short takes: Solexant eyes Oregon, Abound bounds forward, Westinghouse goes solar, and more - Photovoltaics International Beaver State scores again. Solexant has chosen the greater Portland area to build its first commercial-scale thin-film PV manufacturing plant, according to a news story in the Oregonian. The company joins SolarWorld, Sanyo, Solaicx, and other companies that have chosen to build production facilities in the state. Solexants process synthesizes and functionalizes nanometer-scale binary semiconductors in solutions or inks and then prints them as films on a flexible, inexpensive metal-foil substrate in a nonvacuum deposition process, according to the CEO. Micron-sized crystals grown from those films become photoactive materials capable of absorbing a cross-spectrum range of light.