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Sandia National Laboratories scientists have developed tiny glitter-sized photovoltaic cells that could revolutionize the way solar energy is collected and used.
Date: 12/22/2009
Type: News
Global Solar Energy is the first company to exceed 13 percent efficiency of thin film solar power modules.
Date: 02/25/2010
Type: News
MIT Professor Daniel Nocera founded the company San Catalyix to produce a cheap and efficient system to use energy from photovoltaic cells to split water to be used in fuel cells.
Date: 09/28/2009
Type: News
Researchers have demonstrated a way to fabricate efficient solar cells from low-cost and flexible materials by maximizing solar cell surface area with nanopillars.
Date: 07/10/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Solar cells made of multiple semiconductor materials. Credit: Solar Junction
Startup Solar Junction says it can beat the performance of the most efficient solar cells on the market today.
Date: 02/23/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Researchers at South Dakota State University are working on a scanning probe microscope expected to play an important role in improving solar cell and LED efficiency.
Date: 01/05/2010
Type: News
The solar manufacturer 1366 Technologies announced a new 18% efficient photovoltaic cell that utilizes two new breakthroughs of light-trapping honeycomb structure and minimal shading from front-side metallization.
Date: 09/15/2009
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Intel is researching how to get organic photovoltaic cells past the low efficiency stage and into commercial development.
Date: 06/19/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Researchers at the UCSB Center for Polymers and Organic Solids are finding ways to reduce the cost of solar cells to make photovoltaics at least as cheap as the grid.
Date: 12/01/2007
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

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