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In an effort to make electronic devices more efficient, the SOI Industry Consortium launched an initiative to encourage the use of manufacturing on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology instead of traditional bulk silicon, which has an energy saving of 30%.
Date: 07/28/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Electronics
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
Stanford researchers are working on a method of upconversion that increases the conversion efficiency of amorphous-silicon solar cells from 11 to 15 percent.
Date: 07/07/2011
Type: News
Schematic diagram of a thin film organic solar cell
Stanford Engineers say ultra-thin solar cells can absorb sunlight more efficiently than the thicker, more expensive-to-make silicon cells that are used today.
Date: 09/28/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Researchers have shown that nanowires have some very interesting properties that could help create solar panels that are more efficient than was previously thought possible.
Date: 04/01/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials
The solar economy has potential for job creation, but not as much potential as similar industry in developing countries. US solar manufacturers will employ more automated machinery in factory processes due to high labor costs in the US.
Date: 07/20/2009
Type: Blog
By using concentrating sunlight, SHEC Energy has developed a high temperature solar application for residential electricity generation.
Date: 07/29/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Areas hard-hit by the U.S. automakers' slump are pitching themselves to green technology firms. Workers and machines that used to crank out cars are now making parts for solar and wind power plants.
Date: 11/23/2009
Type: News
Installing solar panels.
Solar energy monitoring systems can increase energy production up to 10% in solar electricity systems.
Date: 09/02/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
The Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) will test it's concentrating pyramids that focus light onto solar cells on a new eco-friendly research building.
Date: 03/04/2010
Type: News

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