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SolOptics has created a thin polymer film for stick-on texturing on glass or film that improves solar panel efficiency.
Date: 08/02/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Mars Rover.
A self-cleaning technology developed by NASA for the Mars Rover could help keep solar panels dust-free, improving their power output and efficiency.
Date: 08/23/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Installing solar panels.
Solar energy monitoring systems can increase energy production up to 10% in solar electricity systems.
Date: 09/02/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Harry Atwater
Harry Atwater says that plasmonics is the key to overcoming the efficiency and cost challenges of thin-film solar.
Date: 09/28/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Schematic diagram of a thin film organic solar cell
Stanford Engineers say ultra-thin solar cells can absorb sunlight more efficiently than the thicker, more expensive-to-make silicon cells that are used today.
Date: 09/28/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
hybrid solar water panels
A new design by Solimpeks Solar Energy Corporation improves solar PV panel efficiency by using water to to absorb the extra heat that prevents panels from performing in their optimum range.
Date: 10/04/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Electrowetting
An electrowetting-based dynamic liquid prism allows a thin layer on top of photovoltaic materials to track the sun without any moving mechanical parts, thereby improving solar efficiency.
Date: 10/07/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
An array of quartz domes 600 nanometers wide and 200 nanometers high.
Stanford University researchers have developed a nanoscale metal reflector that boosts the efficiency of solid electrolyte dye-sensitized solar cells by as much as 20 percent.
Date: 02/07/2011
Type: Article
Solar panels
Just a month after making an announcement about a 40.9 percent efficiency multi-junction production cell, Solar Junction has announced an NREL-validated efficiency value of 41.4 percent on a production cell.
Date: 02/15/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
solar panels
A startup called TenKsolar says it can increase the amount of solar power generated on rooftops by 25 to 50 percent by changing the way solar cells are wired together and adding inexpensive reflectors to gather more light.
Date: 04/29/2011
Type: Article

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