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Solar: 100GW by 2018

In 2018 the annual deployment of photovoltaics is anticipated to grow to 100 gigawatts a year. That’s according to NPD Solarbuzz’ latest Marketbuzz report, which said that by then PV will be a $50 billion worldwide market. The report anticipates that the solar PV industry will grow to 3 percent of the world’s energy supply in 2018, assuming that […] Read more

BIPV: Ready for Launch

Cost and performance considerations have long held back the market for Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), but the steep drop in solar prices and the emergence of high-profile projects and EU policies are injecting new enthusiasm for incorporating it into building designs. “We’re approaching a tipping point and at some point in the future building integrated solar would […] Read more

Silicon: The Gold of Electronics

Look around you. Do you have a digital watch on your wrist, a smart car key in your pocket, a cell phone in your hand or a laptop in your briefcase? We are carrying more and more silicon on us wherever we go. I didn’t notice the creep into my life so dramatically until recently. […] Read more

What Happened to the Thin Film Solar Market?

  There is no thin-film solar market. There’s First Solar with cadmium telluride (CdTe), Solar Frontier with CIGS, and until recently Sharp in amorphous silicon (a-Si), with a few smaller players following behind. There are also a few companies looking at very thin c-Si, such as Twin Creeks or 1366 Technologies. In cadmium telluride materials, […] Read more

Solar + Nanotechnolgy: The Future of Energy

One of our Solar Energy World Facebook fans requested a blog post about solar power and nanotechnology. These two technologies combined could pave the way for even more efficient and cost effective solar power generation in the future. This post will give an overview of the concept of nanotechnology, and the effect that it may […] Read more

Silevo Brings 21% Efficient PV Modules to Market

Silevo, Inc. is bringing a new type of silicon-based photovoltaic to the market that the company is calling a hybrid PV cell. The Triex design integrates a standard silicon wafer with other, active layers to produce a more efficient PV module, which the company says is more than 21 percent efficient. “We’ve developed our own […] Read more

Innovation and the Solar Industry

Innovation is often seen as the way to the future for solar energy. Everybody sees the value of solar panels on rooftops or in fields, but they also see the huge price tag attached to solar energy. Prices have dropped substantially in the past couple of years, mainly because of the Chinese entry and domination […] Read more