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An enormous utility-scale solar thermal project scheduled to be built in California this year receives loan guarantees from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Date: 02/22/2010
Type: News
Energy startup BrightSource has developed an energy storage system that involves heating up molten salt, and pumping it through a heat exchanger to produce steam.
Date: 08/09/2011
Type: Article
SolarReserve uses molten salt to store energy in solar thermal plants.
Date: 12/23/2009
Type: News
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
Federal funds could help 15 gigawatts of solar projects move forward.
Date: 03/02/2010
Type: News
solar panel
A group of researchers at MIT have devised an experimental thermoelectric device that converts solar heat directly into power via the Seebeck effect with greater efficiency than similar experimental devices.
Date: 05/04/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Enel has inaugurated a solar thermal plant in Italy that could inch up the efficiency and output for traditional solar thermal technologies.
Date: 07/19/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Solar cells made of multiple semiconductor materials. Credit: Solar Junction
Startup Solar Junction says it can beat the performance of the most efficient solar cells on the market today.
Date: 02/23/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
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

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