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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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Clean Power Prospecting: 3TIER Builds Out Online Energy Tool

by Josie Garthwaite on February 15, 2010

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3TIER, a startup based in Seattle, Wash., has a deceptively simple goal: Help accelerate renewable energy projects by providing access to reliable information. To do that, the company has just launched a new online “prospecting” tool, which lets us… Continue reading

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And It’s Pretty Efficient Too!
IBM researchers have recently published a paper in the journal Advanced Materials about a very promising breakthrough in solar technology. How is it different from existing solar technologies such as silicon-based solar cells, or CIGS thin film? The main thing is that it’s made from earth abundant materials that can be found in large quantities relatively inexpensively (not quite dirt cheap, but cheaper than what we have now), making it easier to scale up …Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Solar Rally Cut Short by Europe’s Tariff Moves

by Kevin Kelleher on January 15, 2010

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For a while there, it looked like 2010 might be the first banner year for solar stocks since 2007. It still could be, although this week is showing that, if solar does make a comeback this year, it’s not going to happen with out some sudden and stoma… Continue reading

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Amonix Snaps Up SunWorks Solar

by Josie Garthwaite on December 22, 2009

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Amonix, a developer of 20-ton concetrating photovoltaic solar systems for utility-scale projects, has bought San Francisco startup Sunworks Solar, a developer of thin-film solar panel factories. Founded in August 2008 (just ahead of the fourth-quarter … Continue reading

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PV Industry Turns Corner, Starts Growing Again: Report

by Justin Moresco on December 7, 2009

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The photovoltaic industry has taken a hit this year, shrinking in size compared with 2008 as a result of the economic crisis, tight credit markets and changes in Spain’s generous incentive policy. The good news is that the PV industry has now passed Continue reading

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Utilities Poised to Brighten U.S. Solar Market

by Jennifer Kho on December 5, 2009

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It looks like utilities are poised to drive the U.S. solar market in coming years, based on a new report from Emerging Energy Research that predicts utilities will add 21.5 GW of photovoltaic capacity by 2020, up from only 77 MW of utility-driven PV pr… Continue reading

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German Organic Solar PV Developer Heliatek Grabs $27M

by Justin Moresco on November 30, 2009

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The solar PV industry is currently dominated by silicon-based cell technology, but modules made of organic solar cells are seen as one of the most promising emerging technologies that could eventually become a serious competitor. That’s the hope of … Continue reading

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“Inventing disruptive manufacturing innovations is every bit as hard as inventing new materials,” says Frank van Mierlo, President and co-founder of 1366 Technologies. Solar power, if it’s going to compete on cost with coal and other fossil fuels… Continue reading

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