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G24 Innovations' flexible thin film photovoltaics will be used to line backpacks and labtop bags which can be tapped to charge cell phones and other electronics.
Date: 10/14/2009
Type: News
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 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
Greentech Media profiles the firms that have made the greatest gains in crystalline silicon photovoltaic efficiency.
Date: 07/27/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
A silver wafer reflects the face of NREL research scientist Hao-Chih Yuan
A new breakthrough etching technique developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory can put a trillion holes in a silicon wafer the size of a compact disc. This technology may lead to more efficient, lower-cost solar cells.
Date: 09/02/2010
Physicists at Rutgers University have discovered that energy-carrying particles generated by packets of light can travel a thousand times farther in organic semiconductors than scientists previously observed. The discovery could result in more efficient and inexpensive plastic solar cells.
Date: 10/13/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Cadmium telluride thin-film solar.
Thin-film solar panels made from cadmium telluride may be approaching a physical limit to efficiency of 12 to 13 percent.
Date: 10/15/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Cogenra Solar's hybrid solar cell
Cogenra Solar has developed a hybrid solar array that produces electricity and uses waste heat to provide hot water. The company says it has a solution for the overheating problems that have stymied this type of hybrid solar in the past, and they also believe they can achieve reasonable efficiency.
Date: 11/15/2010
Type: Article
A new report shows lower module prices and greater incentives will help the US PV market grow over the next five years.
Date: 08/09/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics

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