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New development in the production of flexible thin-film solar cells

Over 10 percent efficiency: research institute ZSW uses roll-to-roll system to deposit CIGS thin-film cells on a 25 micrometre thin polymer film....
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Magnolia Solar Receives NASA Award to Develop High-Performance Thin-Film Solar Cells

The Phase I award is for $100,000 over a six month period, after which a Phase II proposal will be submitted to support continued technology development efforts and product demonstration. ...
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Photosynthesis or photovoltaics: Weighing the impact

Which is more efficient at harvesting the sun’s energy, plants or solar cells? ...
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Pairing Quantum Dots With Fullerenes for Nanoscale Photovoltaics

Nanoscale pairings of particles that show promise as miniaturized power sources. ...
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Solar3D Successfully Completes Design of a Key Element of Its High Efficiency Solar Cell

Inspired by light management techniques used in fiber optic devices....
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Debut of the First Practical 'Artificial Leaf'

Scientists have claimed one of the milestones in the drive for sustainable energy -- development of the first practical artificial leaf. ...
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NREL and Partners to Compare High-Efficiency Solar Cells from Three Nations at Sites in Colorado and Yokohama, Japan

A primary goal of the study is to assess how panels from three different manufacturers perform under different average lighting conditions...
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Reno Contracting Selects Envision Solar to Partner on Delivering Solar Tree® Solar Powered Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles

20 to 25% more productive than conventional fixed solar photovoltaic systems....
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Solar Window Pioneer Announces Pilot Installment Of Solar Windows In Willis Tower

Pythagoras Solar installs first-to-market solar windows in iconic Chicago skyscraper for energy efficiency, solar power generation and architectural flexibility...
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Natcore Technology Begins Production of Intelligent AR Coating Processing Station

System Will Grow Antireflective Coatings on Solar Cells....
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Solar Soldier project puts photovoltaics into army uniforms

A team of researchers from across Britain is developing a solar-powered pack for British soldiers, so infantry can travel further with a lighter load on their back. ...
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U.S. Department of Energy and Masdar Collaborate In Testing Cutting-Edge Solar PV Coating Technologies

Clean energy cooperation between the United States and the United Arab Emirates continues to strengthen as the U.S. DOE and Masdar begin to unveil collaborative initiatives....
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DuPont Delivers New Science-Powered Innovations for Solar Energy

Continued Strong Pipeline of Photovoltaic Technologies Key to Reducing Dependence on Fossil Fuels ...
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Magnolia Solar Completes Multiple Patent Filings: Patent Applications Detail Revolutionary New Thin Film Solar Cell Technologies

This initial series of patent applications claims the benefit of an earlier provisional application filed by Magnolia Solar in January of 2010. ...
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Italian designers envision amazing Solar Wind bridge

Bridges and wind turbines seem to be a match made in heaven; most bridges are generally quite tall where wind speeds are much higher and are often in exposed mountainous areas where significant cross winds develop. ...
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UPC researchers develop high-efficiency photovoltaic cells

High efficiency of this new cell type, only 4.8 m² of photovoltaic panels would be needed to meet one family's annual energy needs....
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Energy Department to Invest up to $7 million to Support Early-Stage Solar Technologies

Program launches four projects to advance photovoltaic innovations....
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UNI-SOLAR Brand Photovoltaics Set Sail on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas

UNI-SOLAR® brand photovoltaics have been installed on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas cruise ship....
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GE Capital, NRG Energy, Conocophillips, Form Joint Venture to Accelerate Emerging Energy Technology

The first investments are in companies developing potentially game-changing technologies in solar photovoltaic (Alta Devices), cleaner coal (Ciris Energy, Inc.) and non-food biofuels (CoolPlanetBioFuels). ...
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Insect Eyes Inspire Improved Solar Cells

Anti-Reflective Film Based on Moth Eyes Increases Efficiency of Photovoltaics....
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University of Texas at Austin Scientists Partner with Konarka

The company recently achieved the world record in plastic solar cell efficiency, at 8.3 percent, with its Power Plastic. ...
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Loughborough scientists come up with method of reducing solar panel glare

The glare from solar farms could be a thing of the past, thanks to scientists at Loughborough University....
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Research Finds “Tunable” Semiconductors Will Allow Better Detectors, Solar Cells

One of the great problems in physics is the detection of electromagnetic radiation – that is, light – which lies outside the small range of wavelengths that the human eye can see. ...
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New Sustainable Production of Electricity Using PV

BlackLight Power, Inc. Announces Sustained Production of Electricity Using Photovoltaic Conversion of the Millions of Watts of Brilliant Plasma Formed by the Reaction of Water to a More Stable Form of Hydrogen...
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Dow Granted Patents for Photovoltaic Encapsulant Films Used in Solar Panels

ENLIGHT™ Polyolefin Encapsulant Films improve reliability and performance of PV systems....
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Organic solar cells more efficient with molecules face-to-face

New research reveals that energy is transferred more efficiently inside of complex, three-dimensional organic solar cells when the donor molecules align face-on, rather than edge-on, relative to the acceptor....
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