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MIT device uses heat store to crank up solar panel output

US researchers have found a way to use heat to improve the efficiency of solar panels. Photovoltaic (PV) cells typically produce less electricity the hotter they get, but the engineers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a solar-powered … Continue reading

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Innovation in renewable-energy technologies is booming – RE Patents on the rise

New study shows that from 1970 to 2009, Japan led the world in the number of patents related to photovoltaics (solar cells). Over the last five years of that period, the number of solar patents worldwide increased by 13 percent … Continue reading

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Solar manufacturing costs ‘driven by scale rather than cheap labour or subsidies’

Advanced technologies are expected to enable manufacturers in both regions to reach a more competitive scale through improved access to capital Production scale rather than low labour costs has driven China’s boom in manufacturing PV modules, according to a joint … Continue reading

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Are Super-Thin Solar Cells The Future? New Solar Cells Developed That Are Pound For Pound Up To 1000 Times More Powerful Than Conventional Photovoltaics

The general drive in the solar energy technology industry has been towards the development of higher solar cell efficiencies and lowered manufacturing costs, but are there other avenues of improvement worth exploring? Such as the development of ultra-thin, ultra-lightweight solar … Continue reading

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Engineering the Solar Age – Suppliers for Photovoltaics

Read the complete report here Photovoltaics, an application of electronic and semiconductor technologies, long since became an independent high-tech industry. This brochure presents the most important applications, backgrounds, technologies, and, most importantly, the key players in the fields of machine engineering, automation, raw and process materials, and … Continue reading

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