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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
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
Roads that use solar power to melt snow, spell warnings for motorists, or connect to weight sensitive panels that illuminate a crosswalk when activated are one step closer to becoming a reality.
Date: 08/15/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
The price of solar panels are dropping, so many companies are turning their attention to reducing installation costs. Two leading solar companies, Solon Energy and Trina Solar, released new solar panel designs that they claim will reduce installation time by more than half.
Date: 07/06/2012
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
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar signs off on a program to open up 285,000 acres in 17 “solar energy zones” in six Western states for fast-track project approvals.
Date: 10/15/2012
Type: Article
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
Big solar installers report almost no damage to their solar panels, even in hardest hit areas.
Date: 11/19/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics

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