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Using thin film technology, flexible solar panels could be made into small panels, then applied to a roof like shingles.
Date: 06/08/2009
Type: News
With a home PV array, the electricity meter can runs backwards for most of the day putting excess energy back into the grid, but the cells are too expensive.
Date: 05/21/2009
Type: Slides, Video
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Energy efficiency and solar PV balance each other out by reducing demand for electricity, while at the same time providing the energy that is needed sustainably.
Date: 05/20/2009
Type: Slides, Video
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
Some parallels exist between the solar industry and the early PC industry as companies are finding creative ways to produce the cells at lower cost.
Date: 03/23/2009
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Solar energy is fast becoming a very profitable industry for investors and an economically attractive alternative to fossil fuels for consumers.
Date: 06/01/2008
Type: Article
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

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