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GT Advanced Technologies has made two cost-reducing advancements in the manufacturing of monocrystalline silicon, which may have big implications for the US solar panel industry.
Date: 11/21/2011
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
The 500-MW project at Fort Irwin in the Mojave Desert is expected to have the capacity to grow to 1,000 MW, marking the DOD’s largest solar project to date.
Date: 10/16/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Stion Solar Panel
Stion has funding through a White House initiative to develop a new type of low-cost, high-efficiency solar panel. The panels combine two types of solar cells, which will allow them to efficiently convert a wide range of the solar spectrum into electricity.
Date: 02/15/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Concentrating solar photovoltaic technology has the potential to be low cost and efficient, but production must be scaled up through proven performance in order to bring costs down.
Date: 11/17/2009
Type: Article
The start-up SoloPower recently opened a manufacturing facility, which raised concerns from media and solar observers. SoloPower is entering into the niche market of thin-film panels using CIGS-based panels. The same niche and technology of Solyndra, a solar company that went bankrupt last year.
Date: 09/27/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
RoseStreet Labs Energy announced the development of a new double-layered nitride/silicon solar cell with a practical efficiency of 25 to 30 percent. The company plans to produce the cells commercially in the fourth quarter of next year.
Date: 09/28/2009
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
1.5 billion people live in the dark. Solar-powered microgrids could help bring power to millions of the world's poorest.
Date: 11/02/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is leading a $129.4 million investment in Amonix, a Southern California concentrating solar company.
Date: 04/21/2010
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
The chip for a power-optimization device
Chinese photovoltaic giant Suntech is investing in electronics to help squeeze more power out of solar arrays: smart module power-optimizers that correct for a drop in the array’s power output due to shading or debris and microinverters that adjust the voltage-current levels of each panel.
Date: 10/14/2010
Type: Article
Recent advancements in nanopillar arrays lead to more cost-effective photovoltaics.
Date: 03/10/2010
Type: Article

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