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By Eileen De Guire / February 12, 2013

Elsewhere on the materials front: Microscopic dendrites a focus in Boeing Dreamliner probe (Wall Street Journal) Aviation safety investigators are examining whether the formation of microscopic structures known as dendrites inside the Boeing Co. 787’s lithium-ion batteries played a role in twin incidents that prompted the fleet to be grounded nearly a month ago. The…

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Tosoh says its new sputter targets add 1% to solar energy conversion

By / March 1, 2011

Credit: Tosoh SMD. Tosoh SMD, a maker of the type of sputtering targets often used by photovoltaic manufacturers, says it has developed a new transparent conducting oxide target that can add a 1 percent gain to the solar conversion efficiencies of thin films. According to a company news release, the new TCO targets (available in either indium…

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DOE commits to $1.45B loan for concentrating solar and $400M for thin solar

By / July 3, 2010

Today the Administration announced that the DOE agreed to guarantee large loans for two separate solar power equipment makers, Abengoa Solar and Abound Solar Manufacturing. The Abengoa project involves using a $1.45 billion loan to build a 250 MW concentrating solar facility in Solana, Ariz. “Abengoa Solar estimates that the Solana project will employ approximately…

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Miscellaneous industry headlines

By / June 24, 2009

SCI Engineered Materials receives $1 million thin film solar order Thresher Industries selects the Cal Poly’s materials engineering program to set up testing protocol Bekaert introduces one-piece rotatable AZO target at Intersolar North America 2009 Natural History Museum of London acquires an Asylum MFP-3D Stand Alone AFM

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Tubular solar – the shape of things to come?

By / October 21, 2008

Business is beginning to take shape at Solyndra, and the shape it’s taking is tubular. The Fremont, Calif.-based solar power manufacturer began selling its novel cylindrical-shaped solar tubes in July ’08 and, according to CEO Chris Gronet, the firm already has racked up $1.2 billion in contracted orders. The differences between Solyndra’s solar tubes and conventional…

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