The use of p-n junction nanowires as solar cells has received an increased amount of attention with results published on both individual silicon nanowires functioning as nano-solar cells and on larger surface areas covered with silicon nanowires. This presentation will be about the use of nanoplates as solar cells. Nanoplates are a new sub-group of bottom-up grown nanostructures with a two-dimensional shape. The key properties of the nanoplate structure will be presented with emphasis on their suitability for use as PV elements. Optical characteristics of a nanoplate covered surface will be presented and recent results on the implementation of the p-n nanoplates into solar cells will be shown together with preliminary characterization data.  B.Tian et al., Nature 449, 885-889 (2007).  L. Tsakalakos et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 91, 233117 (2007).  M. Aagesen et al., Nature Nanotech. 2, 761-764 (2007).