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Researchers at South Dakota State University are working on a scanning probe microscope expected to play an important role in improving solar cell and LED efficiency.
Date: 01/05/2010
Type: News
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
UC Santa Cruz researchers have developed a novel device that uses only sunlight and wastewater to produce hydrogen gas and could provide a sustainable energy source while improving the efficiency of wastewater treatment.
Date: 10/11/2013
Type: Article
International leaders discuss the status of renewable energy in their countries as well as future goals at the World Future Energy Summit.
Date: 01/18/2010
Type: News
As part of his We Can't Wait Initiative, President Obama announced seven solar and wind projects that will be expedited. Together these projects will produce 5,000MW of clean energy. Two of these projects are in California.
Date: 08/07/2012
Type: Article
Palo Alto, California has some of the cheapest solar in the United States. The price is 6.9 cents per kilowatt-hour for the 30-year power purchase agreement (PPA).
Date: 07/01/2013
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
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
India drafts a National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) specifying eight missions including solar capacity, energy efficiency, and sustainability.
Date: 01/29/2010
Type: News
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

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