Category Archives: Solar

Energy breakthrough uses sun to create solar energy materials | Oregon State University

CORVALLIS, Ore. – In a recent advance in solar energy, researchers have discovered a way to tap the sun not only as a source of power, but also to directly produce the solar energy materials that make this possible. This … Continue reading

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Multilayer, microscale solar cells enable ultrahigh efficiency power generation | PhysOrg

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign use a printing process to assemble tiny cells into multilayer stacks for extraordinary levels of photovoltaic conversion efficiency. As an energy source, the Sun has always been a dependable provider. Although it … Continue reading

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Exotic, Highly Efficient Solar Cells May Soon Get Cheaper | MIT Technology Review

The world’s most efficient solar cells are twice as efficient as the ones people put on their roofs, but hardly anyone uses them because the semiconductor materials they’re made of are so expensive. That could be about to change. Ali … Continue reading

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Optimism about Solar 2.0 and the Success of Solar Power International 2013 | Renewable Energy World

The solar industry has made a strong transition into its next phase — aptly dubbed Solar 2.0 — as it makes its comeback faster than technology companies were able to recover from the dot-com bubble in the late ‘90s. Since … Continue reading

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CIGS Manufacturers Prepare to Scale Operations | Walter I Baltzley

As predicted, solar technologies continue to advance at a rapid rate.  Recently CIGS hit a new efficiency level of 16%, and now two major manufacturers–Stion, and Siva Power–have acquired funding to scale up production.  The low cost of manufacturing CIGS … Continue reading

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Organic Solar Cells Reach Manufacturing Milestone | Energy Harvesting Journal

In an impressive feat of engineering, scientists in Denmark have devised a rapid, scalable and industrially viable way to manufacture large sheets of flexible organic tandem solar cells. Their successful application of roll-to-roll processing is a significant achievement for this … Continue reading

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Glass-like diffusion barrier for flexible CIGS solar cells | Printed Electronics World

Researchers at the Leibniz Institute for New Materials (INM) have developed a barrier layer for flexible CIGS solar cells which separates the metal substrate from the absorber layer and so increases the efficiency of the metal-based flexible thin-film solar cells. … Continue reading

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Organic Photo-Voltaics (OPV) Could be as thin and flexible as a sheet of paper | ThinkProgress

Researchers in Denmark recently claimed a major breakthrough in the production of organic photovoltaic (OPV) solar cells. Unlike traditional silicon solar cells, used in rooftop solar panels and large-scale solar farms, OPVs use organic semiconductors — made from plastics and … Continue reading

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Solar 2.0: a brave new profitless world of 100GW demand | PV World

Since 2011, Brad Mattson has been chief executive at Solexant, which announced a technology re-start as it switched from cadmium telluride nanoparticles to CIGS earlier this year. But like many in the solar industry, particularly in Silicon Valley, Mattson made … Continue reading

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Clearing the Freakin’ Air | Solar Roadways

There’s a lot of false information about Solar Roadways flying around the internet these days and some of it is just SO freakin’ wrong that we’ve created this page to set the record straight! Hi Folks, We’ve gotten a lot … Continue reading

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