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AQT opens thin-film solar plant despite shaky market

by Camille Ricketts on August 12, 2010

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Thin-film solar, once predicted to be the future of renewable energy, has fallen on hard times lately. Venture-backed thin-film companies have had a tough time raising money, and even the bigger players like Applied Materials have scaled back their goa… Continue reading

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3 Stealthy Solar Startups You Should Know

by Katie Fehrenbacher on April 6, 2010

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Where’s the innovation in solar these days? The thin film solar companies that raised hundreds of millions of dollars a couple years ago (Nanosolar, Heliovolt, Miasole, Solyndra) are now struggling to reach commercial-scale production, while utility-… Continue reading

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Nanosolar Starts High Volume Production, Opens the Kimono A Bit

by Katie Fehrenbacher on September 9, 2009

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nanosolarnewimage3Thin film solar startup Nanosolar’s quiet period is over. This morning the seven-year-old company, in a flurry of press releases announced that it has started high volume production of its thin film solar material at its factory in San Jose, Calif., and has finished construction on a panel-assembly factory near Berlin, Germany. Nanosolar also detailed some of its previously unknown technology advances.

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So is the San Jose, Calif.-based company in long-awaited commercial production yet? Nope, but almost. Nanosolar is calling today’s milestone “serial production,” or basically getting really close to the level of production that it needs to make its solar panels widely available. Nanosolar say it now has a monthly production run rate of “1 million cells Continue reading

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