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Solar Concentrator Increases Collection With Less Loss
2011-11-03 03:34:12

Converting sunlight into electricity is not economically attractive because of the high cost of solar cells, but a recent, purely optical approach to improving luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) may ease the problem, according to researchers at Argonne National Laboratories and Penn State. Using concentrated sunlight reduces the cost of solar power by requiring fewer solar cells to generate a given amount of electricity. LSCs concentrate light by absorbing and re-emiting it at lower...

2011-09-21 18:53:33

The technology yielding flexible solar cells with an 18.7% world record efficiency developed by scientists at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, has now been published in “Nature Materials”. Key to the breakthrough is the control of the energy band gap grading in the copper indium gallium (di)selenide semiconductor, also known as CIGS, the layer that absorbs light and converts it into electricity. High-performance flexible and lightweight...

2011-08-11 10:22:00

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MiaSole, the leading manufacturer of copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin-film photovoltaic solar panels, today announced the appointment of Rob DeLine as Vice President of Marketing, and Paul Apen as Vice President of Business Development. The latest additions to the company come at a time when MiaSole continues to build its business and expand the prowess of its core team by adding expertise and experience in marketing and business...

2011-08-09 08:00:00

RED BANK, N.J., Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Natcore Technology Inc. (TSX-V: NXT; NTCXF.PK) has received delivery of its first intelligent processing station that uses an exclusive liquid phase deposition (LPD) process to grow antireflective (AR) coatings on silicon wafers. These wafers will be central components of solar cells. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110809/NY49431 ) Dubbed "AR-Box," the SUV-sized tool is being installed in Natcore's Research & Development...

2011-07-25 15:39:26

In an advance that could open new avenues for solar cells, lasers, metamaterials and more, researchers at the University of Illinois have demonstrated the first optoelectronically active 3-D photonic crystal. "We've discovered a way to change the three-dimensional structure of a well-established semiconductor material to enable new optical properties while maintaining its very attractive electrical properties," said Paul Braun, a professor of materials science and engineering and of chemistry...

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,...


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