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2011-07-20 00:00:32

Firm wins Phase II funding to develop advanced process control sensors for solar cells. Gilbert, AZ (PRWEB) July 19, 2011 Gilbert-based Colnatec LLC, a designer, developer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art sensors and electronic instrumentation, has been awarded a Phase II $450,000 U.S. Department of Energy research grant to continue development of a self-cleaning, process control sensor for the manufacture of thin film (CIGS) solar cells. This follows a Phase I award the firm received...

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2011-06-29 13:06:23

Inkjet printers, a low-cost technology that in recent decades has revolutionized home and small office printing, may soon offer similar benefits for the future of solar energy. Engineers at Oregon State University have discovered a way for the first time to create successful "CIGS" solar devices with inkjet printing, in work that reduces raw material waste by 90 percent and will significantly lower the cost of producing solar energy cells with some very promising compounds. High performing,...

2011-06-15 08:58:00

NURNBERG, Germany, June 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- GfE is a world-wide provider of sputter targets for thin film photovoltaic cell manufacturing. We provide targets of all shapes and sizes. GfE is the largest supplier of alumina doped zinc oxide (AZOY) as well as i-ZnO planar and rotatable targets for PV transparent conductive oxide (TCO) thin films in the world. Continuous improvement of standard products as well as research and development of new products is the key competency of GfE....

2011-04-14 12:18:00

NEWTON, Mass., April 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With increasing global interest in safe and sustainable energy sources, a bright future is shaping-up for U.S. based thin film PV production. With these developments, a local presence coupled with global reach is critical to efficiently and effectively meet the rapidly increasing demand for sputtering targets. With over 30 locations worldwide including the U.S., Asia, and Europe, H.C. Starck offers local support to customers and is pleased to...

2011-04-12 11:24:21

'Quantum coaxial cable' nanostructure efficiently harvests visible wavelength light using stable, high bandgap semiconductors A report, published in the March 14 edition of the Journal of Materials Chemistry, announced the successful fabrication and testing of a new type solar cell using an inorganic core/shell nanowire structure. Arrays of core/shell nanowires (described has "quantum coaxial cables") had previously been theorized as a potential structure that, while composed of chemically...

2011-03-21 07:00:00

RED BANK, N.J., March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Natcore Technology Inc. (TSX-V: NXT); (Pink Sheets: NTCXF) has signed a letter of understanding to sell its first intelligent antireflective (AR) coating processing station to Hunan TLNZ Solar Technology Co. Ltd. (TLNZ) of Xiangtan, China. Natcore believes its device will revolutionize the way that solar cells are made. It will replace the expensive and environmentally harmful chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method currently used by industry...

2011-03-15 07:00:00

RED BANK, N.J., March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Natcore Technology Inc. (TSX-V: NXT); (Pink Sheets: NTCXF) today begins work on the first production model of its intelligent LPD processing station for growing an antireflective (AR) coating on silicon wafers in the process of becoming solar cells. By using its exclusive technology, licensed from Rice University, Natcore believes its device will revolutionize the way solar cells are manufactured. At present, solar cell manufacture involves...

2011-02-25 22:53:01

Bochum physicists are constructing 0-dimensional systems Through his participation, the research team from Bochum, Duisburg-Essen, and Hamburg now has succeeded in an energy-state occupancy readout of those artificial atoms "“ using common interfaces to classic computers. This is a big step towards the application of such systems. They report about their findings in Nature Communications. One million instead of individual atoms In principle, the spin of electrons in individual atoms can...

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2011-02-07 07:51:52

Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have found a way to grow nanolasers directly onto a silicon surface, an achievement that could lead to a new class of faster, more efficient microprocessors, as well as to powerful biochemical sensors that use optoelectronic chips. They describe their work in a paper published Feb. 6 in an advanced online issue of the journal Nature Photonics. "Our results impact a broad spectrum of scientific fields, including materials science, transistor...

2011-01-28 22:21:05

Research could lead to cheap, clean ways to produce hydrogen for use in fuel cells A little disorder goes a long way, especially when it comes to harnessing the sun's energy. Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) jumbled the atomic structure of the surface layer of titanium dioxide nanocrystals, creating a catalyst that is both long lasting and more efficient than most materials in using the sun's energy to extract hydrogen from...