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The Future of Touch Screens

The Future of Touch Screens

Last month, Applied Materials hosted a touch screen panel (TSP) workshop in Germany near the company’s Alzenau technology and development center. The objective was to bring together experts in academia, customers and suppliers from around the world to discuss the materials, tool and technology innovations needed to drive growth for the TSP market. I was


Solar Industry Scalable Design Services

If you’re one of the thousands of solar installers comprising the 64% of national marketshare, how can you compete with the big guys who make up the rest? In the last post in this series, we talked about moving to the cloud as a lesson to learn from how the big guys operate. Another target for cost


In Focus: Thin Glass For Energy Storage

Researchers at Penn State University are working on a new type of thin glass capable of storing energy, a material that could help make electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles more affordable and reliable. Thin and flexible glass has already been widely commercialized for computer and electronic displays. An even thinner version – about one-tenth the


Battery Backed Solar: Big in Germany

Storing solar power in batteries is an attractive concept to the homeowner who wants to achieve energy independence from the grid, or the commercial and utility-scale solar array owner that wants to hedge against high electricity prices. But right now, the high cost of batteries and the complications involved in setting them up to power


HiFlex Researchers Develop Flexible Organic Solar for Mobile

A technology developed by the HiFlex research project promises flexible, lightweight, on-the-go charging for mobile electronics and remote applications. New organic photovoltaic module (OPV) is relatively cheap and can effectively function under various light conditions. The project—a collaboration between  ECN, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), TNO / Holst Centre, Technical University of Denmark


Empa Scientists Acheive 20.4% Flexible CIGS Efficiency

A record breaking thin film solar cell has been developed by scientists at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology. A team of researchers led by Ayodhya N. Tiwari at the institute’s Laboratory for Thin Film and Photovoltaics have achieved 20.4 percent energy conversion efficiency for their C.I.G.S. solar cells on flexible


Peel and Stick Solar

A new ‘transfer’ style application process allows thin, flexible solar panels to be applied to virtually any surface from business cards to roofs to windowpanes. For all their promise, solar cells have frustrated scientists in one crucial regard – most are rigid, reports Stanford University’s Glen Martin. They must be deployed in stiff and often


Will Future Cell Phones Save Flexible Solar?

Copper-indium-gallium-diselenide, also known as CIGS solar cells are enabling a new suite of flexible applications from solar roof tiles to consumer electronics such as Apple and Samsung smartphones. CIGS have the competitive advantage that they can be deposited on flexible substrates as opposed to conventional solar panels, which enables a variety of niche products. A


FUTUREWATCH: Flexible Cell Phones from Samsung

Flexible cell phone displays are on the horizon. Samsung is planning to start production of mobile phones that feature plastic displays rather than glass in 2013- that will be lighter, durable and possibly even less expensive than current cell phones on the market. The company is planning to use a plastic material instead of glass,


Belectric Aquires Konarka’s Organic Solar Cell Assets

Belectric, a Germany-based solar developer, financier, and construction firm with more than one gigawatt deployed has acquired the assets of bankrupt organic solar cell firm Konarka’s German operations, Konarka Technologies GmbH. The company would not disclose information on the price, terms of the deal, or IP involved. This deal involves a headcount of 16 people


In Focus: Folding Solar Panels

Are lightweight and portable devices, used for charging rechargeable batteries, cell phones, GPS, computers, satellite phones, 12 Volt car battery, portable USB power packs and laptops. The solar panels are generally less than 5 pounds and are less than 2 inches thick when folded. They are designed to use for outdoor purposes. These are foldable