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$60 million in DOE support aimed at advancing solar technology

By Jim Destefani / November 7, 2013

The US Department of Energy last week announced awards totaling about $60 million to support innovative solar energy research and development of both solar materials to improve efficiency and so-called “soft” costs such as solar photovoltaic system design, permitting, and installation.

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Copper doping boosts CdTe solar cell efficiency

By Jim Destefani / August 22, 2013

CdTe solar cells on a flexible metal foil (left), and electron microscopy image of the solar cell structure in the substrate configuration. From top: front electrical contact, CdTe layer, metal back contact. The layers were deposited on a glass substrate for clarity of EM imaging. (Credit: Empa.) Summer is winding down in the northern hemisphere,…

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Ceramic materials, glut of silicon cells drive global solar markets

By Jim Destefani / August 13, 2013

Located in Northern New Mexico, the Cimarron solar facility uses 490,000 ground mounted Cd-Te thin-film solar cells from First Solar to produce up to 30 MW of power. (Credit: First Solar.) Driven by dramatically decreasing hardware costs, the installed cost of solar photovoltaic systems fell in 2012 and through the first half of this year,…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / May 18, 2012

Here’s what we are hearing: Welcome to The Cement Grinding Office, a new concept to support engineers and technicians working every day with a ball mill In the cement industry, the ball mill is probably the nemesis of all staffs. Why? Everybody knows that a cement mill is a technological heresy on an energetic point…

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Germany stops energy subsidies, forcing First Solar to scale back

By Eileen De Guire / April 19, 2012

First Solar employees at the Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, plant will be losing their jobs when the it closes. Credit: First Solar. Turns out, Bill Gates was right. A few weeks ago we told you about an interview Gates did at the Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference. One of Gates’ points was that subsidies to support…

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Crystalline silicon PV makers continue tough market fight with thin film tech

By / November 16, 2010

Credit: SunPower. It doesn’t appear anyone is making a lot of money in the solar power arena, but the players — working in different camps based on the materials they use — seem to positioning for a strategic victory based on cost and market share rather than performance. For example, in a new report from…

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Materials stories that missed the cut this week

By / August 13, 2010

At the end of each week, I end up with a list of a bunch of stories I started to write about, or started to investigate or didn’t even get that far even though the topic looked intriguing, but, I had a meeting to go to … Anyway, it’s Friday, and rather than have these…

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Ohio’s first ‘solar highway’ to be created

By / April 14, 2010

According to a State of Ohio press release, the Ohio Department of Transportation is partnering with the University of Toledo to create the state’s first large scale “solar highway.” ODOT will invest $1.5 million in federal funds to install and study a solar array along Interstate 280 right of way near Toledo that will be…

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Giant solar farms in the works in China, India and U.S.

By / September 10, 2009

First Solar announced yesterday that it and the Chinese government had agreed upon a memorandum of understanding that, if a few more bridges are crossed, will result in a 2 gigawatt solar power plant in Ordos City, Inner Mongolia, China. That’s a huge plant. A story in today’s Wall Street Journal reports that it will…

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