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Date: 08/23/2011
Type: Slides
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
The prominent global consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, came out with a new report showing why solar photovoltaics have hit a tipping point. The report highlights three factors that are giving the solar industry so much drive.
Date: 05/15/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Plastic solar cells are being studied by the UC Santa Barbara researcher and Nobel Laureate Alan Heeger. The lightweight cells are inexpensive to produce, but so far are too inefficient, converting 6.1% of sunlight to electricity, while traditional silicon cells are 15% efficient.
Date: 04/30/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
By replacing expensive silver with ubiquitous copper for electroplating, researchers have developed a silicon solar cell with higher efficiency and lower fabrication costs.
Date: 12/01/2011
Type: News
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
A recent report predicted the price of solar electricity to drop by 50% this year due to a combination of government backing and market stabilization.
Date: 11/23/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Berkeley Lab researchers approach theoretical efficiency for a solar cell by designing gallium arsenide panels that emit photons to increase voltage, a reversal of conventional industry wisdom.
Date: 11/07/2011
Type: News
Researchers use nanotechnology to make a three dimensional foldable photovoltaic system.
Date: 11/01/2009
Type: News
Researchers at UC Santa Barbara are developing a new method of harvesting the Sun's energy. "It is the first radically new and potentially workable alternative to semiconductor-based solar conversion devices to be developed in the past 70 years or so."
Date: 02/27/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Energy efficiency and solar PV balance each other out by reducing demand for electricity, while at the same time providing the energy that is needed sustainably.
Date: 05/20/2009
Type: Slides, Video
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics

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