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Solar startups set new power records

Startups Alta Devices and Semprius boast new solar efficiency records using very different techniques in an effort to knock down the price of solar power.

By February 6, 2012


Two for one: Quantum dot solar cells boost power

Researchers seek third-generation solar cells able to capture high-energy photons normally wasted as heat to boost solar efficiency and lower costs.

By December 17, 2011


Tiny solar cell dots printed for powerful array

Start-up Semprius blasts 1,000 suns worth of light onto dot-size solar cells assembled by machines to bring down the cost of concentrating photovoltaics.

By December 15, 2011


First Solar touts record-setting cell efficiency

Company says a test cell using its cadmium telluride solar technology set a new world record of 17.3 percent efficiency.

By July 26, 2011


Solar CIGS reach 18.7 percent efficiency

Swiss lab improves efficiency for CIGS cells using plastic substrate, beating its own record and U.S. December announcement of 15.7 percent.

By June 1, 2011


Boston's wind site to test giant turbine blades

World's largest commercial testing site for wind turbine blades opens on the shore of Boston's harbor. U.S. companies will no longer need to go beyond U.S. borders for testing.

By May 19, 2011


Studying a second life for electric-vehicle batteries

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is teaming up with the California Center for Sustainable Energy to determine lifespan and viable alternative uses for used lithium ion batteries.

By April 7, 2011


GE to build massive thin-film U.S. solar plant

The thin-film solar cells to be produced, which will feature 12.8 percent efficiency, were developed by PrimeStar Solar, which is now being acquired by GE, its lead investor.

By April 7, 2011


Algae fuel crosses paths with Monsanto, cancer research

Monsanto invests in algae research, while VG Energy claims algae scalability improved using info from cancer research.

By March 9, 2011


Roof-mounted solar assists in cooling too

Maker of SolarWall is testing a new product for the Army that could provide both heating and cooling aids for buildings.

By February 3, 2011