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A silver wafer reflects the face of NREL research scientist Hao-Chih Yuan
A new breakthrough etching technique developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory can put a trillion holes in a silicon wafer the size of a compact disc. This technology may lead to more efficient, lower-cost solar cells.
Date: 09/02/2010
Suntech Power's process for making solar cells leverages 20 year old technology to increase silicon solar cell efficiency by up to 20 percent.
Date: 06/27/2011
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
LED lamps embedded within a flexible, printed solar panel could potentially replace the kerosene lamps still used around the developing world.
Date: 11/03/2009
Type: News
Tags: LED, solar pv
As water heating is the third largest expense in U.S. homes, solar water heaters can significantly reduce costs especially following California's recent launch of a cash rebate program.
Date: 01/28/2010
Type: Article
By replacing the liquid in dye-sensitized solar cells with a solid iodine-based semiconductor, Northwestern University researchers hope to eliminate the leakage and corrosion issues seen in other prototypes.
Date: 05/30/2012
Type: News
DuPont is developing a prototype that will allow solar cells and OLED displays to protected by thin layers of ceramin and polymer material rather than glass.
Date: 02/18/2010
Type: Blog
2010 Chevrolet Volt
Given the potential longevity of the car batteries for Chevrolet's Volt, GM is researching ways to reuse the batteries after the car is out of commission. One possibility is to help with energy storage from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.
Date: 09/22/2010
Type: Blog
A Denver-based inventor aims to eliminate the use of kerosene for lighting in developing countries with his solar-charged light bulb.
Date: 01/25/2012
Type: News
Calyxo has revealed that its CdTe cell technology has reached 16.2% efficiency, a figure that has been verified by Germany’s SGS testing body.
Date: 05/07/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
California surpassed one gigawatt of solar power production last month. One gigawatt can meet the instantaneous demand of at least 750,000 California homes. This milestone shows how far California has come with solar power and how far it has to go.
Date: 09/11/2012
Type: Article

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