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Harry Atwater
Harry Atwater says that plasmonics is the key to overcoming the efficiency and cost challenges of thin-film solar.
Date: 09/28/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
An array of quartz domes 600 nanometers wide and 200 nanometers high.
Stanford University researchers have developed a nanoscale metal reflector that boosts the efficiency of solid electrolyte dye-sensitized solar cells by as much as 20 percent.
Date: 02/07/2011
Type: Article
Schematic diagram of a thin film organic solar cell
Stanford Engineers say ultra-thin solar cells can absorb sunlight more efficiently than the thicker, more expensive-to-make silicon cells that are used today.
Date: 09/28/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
New research conducted at Caltech shows the possibility of increasing the efficiency of thin-film amorphous silicon cells.
Date: 10/19/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Cadmium telluride thin-film solar.
Thin-film solar panels made from cadmium telluride may be approaching a physical limit to efficiency of 12 to 13 percent.
Date: 10/15/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Engineers have found a way to produce thin film solar electronics using inexpensive inkjet printing technologies.
Date: 06/28/2011
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Global Solar's thin-film cells can be attached to flat roofs without racking.
Global Solar has introduced a line of flexible BIPV solar modules that are designed for flat commercial rooftop buildings. Because the thin-film panels do not need racks, they can cover more roof space, generating more power.
Date: 08/31/2010
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
An interactive map showing the features and comparisons of different solar technologies.
Date: 09/14/2009
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Researchers at Stanford have developed a method for to apply nanoscale texturing over large areas. The technique could result in improved efficiencies in thin-film solar cells, without increasing the cost or the process complexity.
Date: 07/22/2010
Type: Article
Stion Solar Panel
Stion has funding through a White House initiative to develop a new type of low-cost, high-efficiency solar panel. The panels combine two types of solar cells, which will allow them to efficiently convert a wide range of the solar spectrum into electricity.
Date: 02/15/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics

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