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Apple is building a new data center in Nevada that will be powered by a large, new solar array built in partnership with Nevada Energy. Apple is making efforts to power its U.S. facilities with renewable energy. The company states that all of its data centers use 100% renewable energy.
Date: 07/02/2013
Type: Blog
The union between France-based Areva and concentrating solar power start up Ausra may accelerate large scale renewable technology deployment.
Date: 02/08/2010
Type: Blog
Ausra sells planned CA solar farm to First Solar, resulting in the cancellation of Ausra’s contract to provide 177 megawatts to PG&E- a setback in the utility’s efforts to meet state-mandated renewable-energy targets.
Date: 11/05/2009
Type: News
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
A simple chemical treatment could replace expensive antireflective solar cell coatings, bringing down the cost of crystalline silicon panels.
Date: 04/02/2010
Type: News
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
Boeing solar cell efficiency
Boeing subsidiary Spectrolab's solar panels supply power to over 60% of orbiting satellites, but the company may soon be known for another achievement: their new "terrestrial" solar cells beat the old record for solar conversion efficiency by 15%.
Date: 11/22/2010
Type: News
The Estádio de Pituacu is the first football stadium in Latin America to install solar panels
Date: 08/26/2011
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
Researchers at Stanford have developed a method for to apply nanoscale texturing over large areas. The technique could result in improved efficiencies in thin-film solar cells, without increasing the cost or the process complexity.
Date: 07/22/2010
Type: Article

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