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A silver wafer reflects the face of NREL research scientist Hao-Chih Yuan
A new breakthrough etching technique developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory can put a trillion holes in a silicon wafer the size of a compact disc. This technology may lead to more efficient, lower-cost solar cells.
Date: 09/02/2010
Global Solar's thin-film cells can be attached to flat roofs without racking.
Global Solar has introduced a line of flexible BIPV solar modules that are designed for flat commercial rooftop buildings. Because the thin-film panels do not need racks, they can cover more roof space, generating more power.
Date: 08/31/2010
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Dust clouds.
Deserts are one of the best places for solar panels. But deserts are also dusty, which means the panels have to be washed frequently so the dust doesn't stop them from capturing sunlight. New technology could provide a solution--by letting solar panels clean themselves.
Date: 08/26/2010
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
Given their unobtrusive nature, building-integrated photovoltaics were once touted as the next big thing in solar power. They are now facing a tough challenge in the market, however, due to their higher costs and lower efficiency compared to competing products.
Date: 08/11/2010
Type: Article, News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
A research team led by Institute faculty member Chris Van de Walle believes they have identified the source of absorption loss in green lasers.
Date: 08/06/2010
Type: Article
A new report released by GTM Research reveals that the building-integrated photovoltaic market is poised for rapid expansion.
Date: 08/03/2010
Type: Article
Researchers at Stanford have discovered a breakthrough new process called "photon enhanced thermionic emission," or PETE, that combines the light and heat of solar radiation and could more than double the efficiency of existing photovoltaic and thermal conversion technologies.
Date: 08/02/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
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
Greentech Media profiles the firms that have made the greatest gains in crystalline silicon photovoltaic efficiency.
Date: 07/27/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics

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