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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
Korean cell manufacturer Shinsung Solar Energy has achieved a 20.03% efficiency rate for its crystalline solar cell by using next-generation Laser Doped Selective Emitter (LDSE) technology.
Date: 05/16/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
The prominent global consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, came out with a new report showing why solar photovoltaics have hit a tipping point. The report highlights three factors that are giving the solar industry so much drive.
Date: 05/15/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Solar Junction -- a Silicon Valley start-up -- has raised solar cell efficiency to 44 percent. Their triple-junction technology absorbs a broader spectrum of light compared to conventional solar cells.
Date: 12/10/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
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
A German startup (Heliatek) has developed a new type of lightweight solar panel its developers say can be integrated into the design of buildings and even used in electricity-producing tinted windows. The technology utilizes oligomer-based organic solar cells.
Date: 04/23/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
New thin, uniform coatings could reduce the cost of making conventional silicon solar cells. Start-up Natcore Technology is adding an antireflective coating to silicon wafers to help them to absorb more light. It will also offer a more advanced antireflection technology, called black silicon.
Date: 01/03/2012
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Forests of carbon nanotubes are an efficient alternative for platinum electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSC), according to new research by collaborators at Rice University and Tsinghua University.
Date: 04/18/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
proposed cross-section of the device structure
GaN-based solar cells for integration to multi-junction photovoltaics could raise concentrated photovoltaic system efficiencies to more than 50%. UC Santa Barbara researchers are some of those designing the devices.
Date: 05/15/2014
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Geostellar wants to map the potential for solar on every residential and commercial property in the US - and eventually the world.
Date: 04/30/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics

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