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Thin-film solar power companies want to integrate solar cells with buildings, but they still have a way to go.
Startup Twin Creek's equipment creates super-thin silicon solar cells to dramatically cut the cost of solar panel production.
OneRoof Energy offers solar cells integrated into roofing materials and a lease that avoids the upfront cost of installing panels.
Dyesol solar panels incorporated into steel girders through research partnership.
Southern California Edison now testing 10 integrated community solar plants on the grid for feasibility and efficiency.
Berlin-based Sulfurcell steps into the global fight for solar panels with CIGS thin-film solar technology designed for building rooftops and facades.
Solar cells made with plastic are cheaper to manufacture, but the technology is still seeking out niche applications, such as gadget-charging bags and solar windows.
Smart-grid challenge brings a flood of innovative approaches to making the grid work better and more cleanly. In about a month, the winners will be announced.
Flexible thin-film solar modules are designed to be glued to flat commercial rooftops or integrated directly into roofing membrane materials.
Given their unobtrusive nature, photovoltaic materials integrated into rooftop material were once touted as the next big thing in solar power. Instead, they're in the doldrums.