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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
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
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
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
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
GE's Nucleus software displays real-time and historical energy use.
GE is partnering with the Department of Energy on a $5 million program that will test the energy efficiency of homes equipped with smart grid products, LEDs and solar panels.
Date: 08/24/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Smart Grid
hybrid solar water panels
A new design by Solimpeks Solar Energy Corporation improves solar PV panel efficiency by using water to to absorb the extra heat that prevents panels from performing in their optimum range.
Date: 10/04/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Michael Grätzel--who recently presented an IEE seminar and is a member of CEEM's Scientific Advisory Board--has been awarded the 2010 Millenium Technology Prize for his invention and development of dye-sensitized solar cells, known as 'Grätzel cells'.
Date: 06/29/2010
Type: News, Video
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
solar panel
A group of researchers at MIT have devised an experimental thermoelectric device that converts solar heat directly into power via the Seebeck effect with greater efficiency than similar experimental devices.
Date: 05/04/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Researchers at Stanford have discovered a breakthrough new process called "photon enhanced thermionic emission," or PETE, that combines the light and heat of solar radiation and could more than double the efficiency of existing photovoltaic and thermal conversion technologies.
Date: 08/02/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics

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