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Thin Film Takes Solar Efficiency Crown

Thin Film Takes Solar Efficiency Crown

German researchers have broken the record for thin-film PV efficiency, achieving 20.8%. This milestone is especially important because it is the first time thin-film has exceeded the efficiency of standard multicrystalline silicon solar, which currently reaches 20.4% for peak performance. One of the reasons silicon-based PV still dominates the market is its greater ability to convert sunlight into electricity. When thin-film PV first became viable,


FUTUREWATCH: Energy Harvesting Mobile Devices

Energy-harvesting technology is on upward spiral and will fuel an increasing number of consumer and industrial products in the future without the need for external power sources, while serving as one of many next-generation green power sources. This technology, which converts ambient energy to electrical energy, is a game-changing alternative to battery power for mobile


Virginia Green Lights Tesla Dealership

Some of the most interesting things that make Tesla Motors different from all other car manufacturers are their unusual business model and the way they sell their cars. The American car market imposes strict rules regarding car sales, requiring that manufacturers sell vehicles through franchised car dealerships, instead of direct sales. But, Tesla have chosen


FUTUREWATCH: Ultra-High Resolution, Low Power Displays

Display devices that require higher resolution are typically greater than 300 pixels-per-inch and call for a change at the transistor level to a higher mobility material. Click here to learn more about current smartphone resolution and where it’s headed. In order to accommodate more pixels for higher resolution, traditional amorphous silicon (a-Si)-based transistors can be


How Green is 3D Printing?

Sometime back everyone thought 3D Printing was a greener option compared to other traditional manufacturing technologies. However, that belief might just be too naïve. The reality is that society is becoming more matured and wiser and hence the jury is still out. 3D Printing – The Advantages Before going to the bad news, let us


Bloomberg Reports Global Solar Surpasses Wind

Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts that 33.8GW of new onshore wind farms, plus 1.7GW of offshore wind, will be added globally in 2013. This compares with its median forecast of 36.7GW of new photovoltaic, or PV, capacity. This year is set to be the first in which PV has added more megawatts than wind. In


Most Efficient Commercially Available Solar from Semprius

Semprius recently announced that it has achieved a new efficiency record of 35.5 percent using concentrated solar photovoltaic technology.  The announcement makes Semprius’ high concentration photovoltaic solar panels the most efficient commercially available and mass-produced panels in the world, according to a release from the company. The achievement is particularly significant because the efficiency wasn’t


In Focus: 3D iNAND from Sandisk

With millions of mobile applications downloaded every day globally, smartphones and tablets have become a vital link for today’s smart digital lifestyle, putting a greater demand on mobile platforms from Intel and competitors with more computing capability, responsiveness, reliability and lower power consumption. Consumer demand for more convenient and better mobile computing options has boosted


The 100th Anniversary of the Invention of the ‘Assembly Line’

“Innovation can come in a variety of forms, but it’s particularly powerful when technological innovation and procedural innovation are combined. In 1913 in Highland Park, Michigan – a city within the city of Detroit – Henry Ford debuted the first moving assembly line.  The automobile was, in its own right, one of the most miraculous


Solar for New Homes: Gonna Be Huge

We said it before — specifically, last month — and now we’re saying it again: New homes in the future will be ever more frequently solar powered. Last month, we published a look at how KB Home is one of the big homebuilders that see solar as popular and increasingly affordable option for new homes.


PV Industry Recovery: Is It Happening?

The global solar photovoltaic (PV) industry has been struggling for almost two years. Massive over-capacity and slower-than-anticipated market growth caused by changes in European feed-in tariffs led to a collapse in prices and consistently negative margins across the value chain. This in turn led to a number of insolvencies, layoffs and acquisitions, particularly in Europe.


Lower Solar Costs = Scale Production

When it comes to lowering the costs of photovoltaics production scale is the key driver, according to a new study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). That, not lower labor costs or government subsidies, is the key driver behind the lower-cost photovoltaics coming from China, the study


Demand from Asia Lifts Global Solar Industry

Demand for solar photovoltaic panels in the Asian Pacific is forecast to double in the second half of this year. Combined, China and Japan are expected to have 9 gigawatts of solar demand in the second half of 2013, according to a report released today by NPD Solarbuzz, a market analysis firm. That’s twice the