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Researchers at UC Berkeley have developed a new nanostructure--nanopillars--that could absorb up to 99% of visible light in solar cells.
Date: 07/16/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Although some detractors have already written off amorphous silicon (a-Si) photovoltaics, several companies are still developing the technology and improving its efficiency.
Date: 07/15/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Low PV costs and a shaky economy have slowed the development of large-scale concentrating solar power plants, but CSP producers are fighting back.
Date: 07/15/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
RoseStreet Labs Energy Inc. (RSLE) announces a successful laboratory demonstration of its IBand technology, the first known multiband, hgih-efficiency, solar photovoltaic device featuring three distinct light absorption regions integrated into a single layer thin film device.
Date: 07/14/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Pythagoras Solar plans to commercialize the industry’s first energy efficient, transparent and high power density photovoltaic glass unit (PVGU) for use as a green building material – a solar window.
Date: 07/13/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
In this first installment of a three part video blog series from SunPower, Dr. Richard Swanson discusses solar cell efficiency and explains how higher efficiency solar panels benefit home owners.
Date: 07/09/2010
Type: Blog, Video
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Researchers at Cornell University are using dye molecules found in blue jeans to assemble a covalent organic framework (COF) to produce cheaper and more flexible solar cells. The molecules can also absorb almost the entire solar spectrum, potentially resulting in better solar cell efficiency.
Date: 07/01/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Michael Grätzel--who recently presented an IEE seminar and is a member of CEEM's Scientific Advisory Board--has been awarded the 2010 Millenium Technology Prize for his invention and development of dye-sensitized solar cells, known as 'Grätzel cells'.
Date: 06/29/2010
Type: News, Video
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
A new method of capturing the higher energy sunlight that is usually lost as heat in conventional solar cells could double solar-to-electric power conversion efficiency.
Date: 06/18/2010
Type: Article, News

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