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Google's green energy czar announced plans for the company to invest heavily in new mirror technology for solar thermal pants to reduce the cost by a quarter or more.
Date: 09/10/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Frustrated with the lack of recent breakthroughs in solar thermal technology, Google has decided to devote research resources to the area. The company is aiming to lower the production costs by a factor of at least two, but may have underestimated the technology's complexity.
Date: 09/28/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Governor Schwarzenegger has signed legislation to create a feed-in tariff structure for small solar power generators in California.
Date: 10/12/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
A research team led by Institute faculty member Chris Van de Walle believes they have identified the source of absorption loss in green lasers.
Date: 08/06/2010
Type: Article
Sacramento utility to install smart meters, energy storage devices, and solar panel inverter systems to help manage power from rooftop solar panels.
Date: 11/03/2009
Type: News
Harvard researches released a database of 35,000 organic molecules that are potentially over 10% efficient in converting solar energy into electricity. One thousand of the molecules are potentially over 11% efficient. The database will assist in the search for new organic photovoltaic materials.
Date: 06/27/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Dresden, Germany-based OPV thin-film developer Heliatek has achieved a new organic tandem solar cell world record with 10.7% cell efficiency on a 1.1 square centimeter substrate. SGS undertook the testing and has validated the figures.
Date: 04/30/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
China’s finance ministry has selected hundreds of projects totaling nearly $3 billion in costs for its subsidy plan to dramatically boost the country’s solar energy production.
Date: 11/16/2009
Type: News
Tags: China, PV, solar
A new method of capturing the higher energy sunlight that is usually lost as heat in conventional solar cells could double solar-to-electric power conversion efficiency.
Date: 06/18/2010
Type: Article, News

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