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2008-09-15 15:15:00

U.S. scientists say they have devised a method of slicing wafers of germanium for use in more efficient types of solar power cells. University of Utah researcher Dinesh Rakwal and Assistant Professor Eberhard Bamberg say their new method should lower the cost of such cells by reducing the waste and breakage of the brittle semiconductor. Inexpensive solar cells are used mainly on spacecraft. But the researchers said they believe their improved wafer-slicing method will allow the use of...

2008-09-12 03:00:24

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and XINYU CITY, China, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- LDK Solar Co., Ltd. , a leading manufacturer of multicrystalline solar wafers, announced today that it has signed an 11-year processing service agreement to process upgraded metallurgical grade (UMG) solar-grade silicon provided by Germany-based Q-Cells AG into wafers. Under the terms of the agreement, LDK Solar will process a minimum of 20,000 metric tons of UMG solar-grade silicon in the years 2008-2018, with an...

2008-09-01 03:00:23

VALENCIA, Spain, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- European Union Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference -- Advent Solar, Inc., a manufacturer of innovative solar cells and modules, today announced the solar industry's first cell-to-module solar architecture -- Advent Solar(R) Ventura(TM) Technology. Ventura Solar Technology provides a platform-level design by combining Emitter-Wrap Through (EWT) back-contact cells with semiconductor device manufacturing methods to create a highly scalable platform for...

2008-08-27 09:01:20

Trina Solar, an integrated manufacturer of solar photovoltaic products, has announced that its subsidiary, Changzhou Trina Solar Energy, has signed a supplemental agreement to the long-term polysilicon supply agreement with a subsidiary of GCL Silicon Technology Holdings. Together with the original supply agreement announced in April 2008, GCL Silicon Technology will supply Trina Solar with virgin polysilicon and wafers sufficient to produce approximately 4,825MW of solar modules in...

2008-08-18 06:00:35

BioSolar, Inc. (OTCBB:BSRC) has been featured in several high-profile media reports following its recent announcement that materials derived from cotton and castor beans compose the company's proprietary BioBacksheet(TM), a protective covering, traditionally made from expensive petroleum-based film, used in the back of virtually all photovoltaic solar cells. "After two years of secrecy, BioSolar unveils a bio-based protective sheet for solar cells that it hopes will give chemical giant...

2008-08-11 09:01:32

Applied Materials, Inc. announced today that it has signed a five-year service contract with Green Energy Technology Inc. (GET) of Taiwan to support GET's Applied SunFab(TM) Thin Film Line for solar module manufacturing. Through its SunFab Performance Service(TM) program, the most comprehensive service offering in the solar industry, Applied will reduce operating costs while enabling a quick ramp to volume production. Applied's SunFab Performance Service program has already reached strong...

2008-07-30 12:01:10

Cyrium Technologies, a developer of high efficiency multi-junction solar cells for concentrator photovoltaic systems, announced today that the firm has closed a Series B round of funding for a total of $15 million. The round was led by The Quercus Trust of Costa Mesa, California. Major investors from previous rounds of financing also participated in this round including: BDC Venture Capital, Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital, and Pangaea Ventures Ltd. Cyrium is a developer of innovative...

2008-07-11 09:00:59

U.S. scientists develop novel windows to channel solar energy WASHINGTON, July 10 (Xinhua) -- Imagine windows that not only provide a clear view and illuminate rooms, but also use sunlight to efficiently help power the building, according to a report by Engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The work, appearing in the July 11 issue of the journal Science, involves the creation of a novel "solar concentrator.""Light is collected over a large area (like a window) and...

2008-07-10 15:00:49

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. ("AMG", EURONEXT AMSTERDAM: "AMG") announced that its 50.5% subsidiary Timminco Limited's ("Timminco"; TSX: TIM) wholly-owned subsidiary, Becancour Silicon Inc. ("BSI") has signed an agreement to supply solar grade silicon to a leading global manufacturer of wafers for the solar photovoltaic energy industry. The agreement provides for shipments of approximately 1,150 metric tons of solar grade silicon through December 2009...

2008-07-10 09:01:19

Spire Corporation (Nasdaq: SPIR), a global solar company providing turnkey solar factories and capital equipment to manufacture photovoltaic cells and modules worldwide, today announced that it will exhibit at the Intersolar North America tradeshow at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California from July 15 through July 17, 2008 at Booth 9746. Spire Corporation's Chairman and CEO, Roger Little, along with other members of Spire's senior sales team, will attend the conference. On Tuesday,...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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