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Berkeley Researchers Hack Tobacco Plants to Grow Synthetic PV Cells

Berkeley Researchers Hack Tobacco Plants to Grow Synthetic PV Cells

Researchers at UC Berkeleyhave found a way to hack tobacco plants to grow synthetic photovoltaicand photochemical cells that can easily be extracted, dissolved in asolution and sprayed onto any substrate to create solar cells. Plantsare naturally good collectors of sunlight, and researchers at UCBerkeley have genetically programmed a virus that infects tobacco cropsto manufacture artificial

New Energy unveils patent-pending technology to ‘Spray’ solar cells onto see-thru windows to generate electricity

New Energy Technologies Inc., a developer of MotionPower technologiesfor generating sustainable electricity from the kinetic energy ofmoving vehicles and SolarWindow technologies capable of generatingelectricity on see-thru glass windows, announced that researchers havedeveloped a novel, patent-pending process for ‘spraying’ solar cellsand their related components onto glass – a technical achievementrecently presented in AZoNano’s “Nanotechnology Thought Leaders”


SunTiles Feature PV Cells Woven Into Textures

Normallyon a sunny day an open window lets in a great amount of solar heat,which then requires cooling systems to bring interior temperatures tobearable levels. Eco-conscious industrial designer Astrid Kroghis trying to kill two birds with one stone with a concept curtain thatnot only blocks solar heat but also acts as a renewable energygenerator. Dubbedthe

Glitter SIzed PV Cells Could Revolutionize Solar Power

Researchers at the Sandia National Laboratoryhave developed glitter-sized photovoltaic cells that are about tentimes thinner than conventional solar cells and promise torevolutionize solar power. The research team has identified over 20benefits of these solar cells that includes better performance, lowcost and more efficiency. Thesecells can easily be integrated in clothing to help military personnelor hikers

LG To Start Producing Solar Cells in January

Solar panels aren’t that different, from a manufacturing perspective, than LCD TVs. That’s one of the reasons South Korean conglomerates like LGElectronics and Samsung aim to become major solar producers. LG todaysaid that it would begin commercial production of solar modules inJanuary. LG’s first factory will have the capacity to produce 520,000modules and it will

Executives from Q-Cells and Suntech join SEMI Board

SEMI announced the appointment to its international board of directorsof Zhengrong Shi, Ph.D., founder, chairman and chief executive officerof Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd, and Gerhard Rauter, chief operatingofficer and member of the Executive Board of Q-Cells SE. Inaddition to naming the two new voting board members, the SEMIInternational Board of Directors bestowed honorary emeritus

Singulus delivers first coating machine for silicon solar cells

Singulus Technologies recently delivered the first inline coatingmachine for anti-reflective coating of silicon solar cells with theproduct name SINGULAR to a European manufacturer of silicon solarcells. In 2008, SINGULUS developed a trend-setting concept fora coating machine for silicon solar cells with the product nameSINGULAR. The machine integration know how, which SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIEShas proven in the


LDK Solar and Q-Cells End Solar Supply Rift, Shares Rally (LDK)

Shares of LDK Solar (LDK) are rallying about 7% on news it has endedthe solar supply disagreement with Q-Cells as the two companies settledout of court and will continue their relationship.  The original supply contract has been amended to be moreflexible in supply and pricing.  While the total 10 yr supply won’tchange, LDK Solar will

Unidym, Nano-C in exclusive license agreement for fullerene derivatives used in solar cells

Unidym Inc., a majority owned subsidiary of Arrowhead Research Corp.,has entered an exclusive license agreement with Nano-C for patentscovering fullerene derivatives. The license provides Nano-C exclusiverights to U.S. Patent No. 5,739,376 and foreign counterparts in thefield of photovoltaics. In recent years, researchers andcompanies seeking to commercialize novel thin film Organic Photovoltaic(OPV) solar technologies have focused

Heliatek receives $27 million for development of organic solar cells

Heliatek GmbH, a pioneer in the field of organic solar cells, isreceiving $27 million (€18 million) in a second round of financingunder the lead of the pan-European venture capital firm WellingtonPartners. Also participating in this round are the industrialinvestor Bosch and the corporate venture capital investors RWE InnogyVentures and BASF Venture Capital, the High-Tech-Gründerfonds, eCAPITALentrepreneurial


Sanyo’s New Solar Cells: Thinner Than Human Hair

Afterannouncing the company’s plan to become the largest solar manufacturerin Japan by 2012 and eventually one of the top players in the globalindustry, Sanyo is being reported to have developed a solar cell that is thinner than a human hair. Measuringjust 58 micrometers in thickness, the solar cell is designed tooptimize conversion efficiency of 22%.

Illinois Researchers Develop Spherical Solar Cells

Theamount of energy produced by a solar cell depends on the amount ofincident sunlight. Since the position of the sun changes in the sky,manufacturers have developed sun tracking mirrors that can continuouslyfocus sunlight onto photovoltaic panels, enabling them to produce moreenergy. Researchers at the University of Illinoisare working on a completely different technology. Instead of

Will Fuel Cells Rival Solar in California?

ClearEdge Power plans to stick it where the sun doesn’t shine. The Hillsboro, Oregon-based company has just started to ship a5-kilowatt fuel cell for large homes and small businesses in areaswhere the owners want to reduce carbon emissions and fuel consumption,but solar wouldn’t be effective or economical. And with the price ofnatural gas in a

Science Center Powered by Solar Energy and Fuel Cells

Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the Connecticut Science Center has opened the doors of a new LEED-certified facility. 95% of the steel used in the construction is manufactured from recycled cars.In addition to its ecofriendly bones, the building also makes use of afuel cell that provides approximately two-thirds of the needed power. Thescience center