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Engineers have found a way to produce thin film solar electronics using inexpensive inkjet printing technologies.
Date: 06/28/2011
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Innovalight announced achieving an 18% efficiency on solar inks, liquid-like silicon cells that can be printed on a wafer. The results were verified by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Date: 09/09/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Schematic of dye sensitzed solar cell
SolarPrint has developed a process to replace the liquid in dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) technology with a printable electrolyte paste. The fully printable cells can be turned out fast and cost-effectively, and are more efficient due to their nanostructure components.
Date: 10/12/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Cadmium telluride thin-film solar.
Thin-film solar panels made from cadmium telluride may be approaching a physical limit to efficiency of 12 to 13 percent.
Date: 10/15/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
BrightSource Energy says its planned Ivanpah solar-thermal plant will operate at 18 percent efficiency (compared to an average of 13-15 percent at other solar-thermal plants) and earn a capacity factor of 30 percent.
Date: 06/23/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Years ago Alan Heeger and his colleagues discovered semiconducting polymers that could be put in a solution and printed on a substrate. Today, printed organic photovoltaics are a reality, but the technology has not yet reached full scale commercialization.
Date: 05/03/2010
Type: Article
The U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Program is working on minimizing the soft costs of distributed solar. The goal is to make distributed solar competitive with the most affordable sources of gird electricity supply.
Date: 06/26/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
It may not be the end of thin-film solar, some analysts believe that (when the market picks up) thin-film solar may be just as popular as conventional solar panels. Large thin-film factories can have lower manufacturing costs.
Date: 10/12/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Konarka Technologies and Arch Aluminum & Glass plan to pilot a project that creates a solar wall that could eventually be integrated into building design.
Date: 11/10/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Konarka announces its organic photovoltaic modules are the first OPV technology to pass aging tests performed by TÜV Rheinland. Industry partners can now integrate Konarka's Power Plastic solar film in many applications with unprecedented confidence.
Date: 04/16/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics

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