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Solar energy is fast becoming a 'least-cost' option for U.S. utilities. Declining technology costs, policy support and retail rate levels are cited as contributing factors.
Date: 05/08/2015
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Scientists from the American Chemical Society are developing a unique, "green" antenna that could potentially double the efficiencies of certain kinds of solar cells and make them more affordable.
Date: 08/18/2015
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Stanford researchers are working on a method of upconversion that increases the conversion efficiency of amorphous-silicon solar cells from 11 to 15 percent.
Date: 07/07/2011
Type: News
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
Researchers have shown that nanowires have some very interesting properties that could help create solar panels that are more efficient than was previously thought possible.
Date: 04/01/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials
The solar economy has potential for job creation, but not as much potential as similar industry in developing countries. US solar manufacturers will employ more automated machinery in factory processes due to high labor costs in the US.
Date: 07/20/2009
Type: Blog
The National Institute for Materials Science has developed a method for manufacturing perovskite materials with a wider absorption spectrum, enhancing efficiency compared to conventional methods.
Date: 11/02/2015
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
By using concentrating sunlight, SHEC Energy has developed a high temperature solar application for residential electricity generation.
Date: 07/29/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Areas hard-hit by the U.S. automakers' slump are pitching themselves to green technology firms. Workers and machines that used to crank out cars are now making parts for solar and wind power plants.
Date: 11/23/2009
Type: News
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

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