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Green Tech news harvest: More-efficient solar cells and 'biogasoline'

Paying for solar on commercial rooftops; more-efficient polysilicon and thin-film solar cells; JPMorgan buys into carbon trading; biogasoline; and GreenFuel Technologies' progress could mean the first commercial-scale algae fuel plant.

By March 27, 2008


Solar industry bubble will pop, but continue to grow

Lux Research forecasts a shakeout as new technologies give polysilicon cells more competition. But strong demand and rapid growth remain.

By March 20, 2008


A dark side of solar power

In China, making polysilicon to meet the booming demand for solar panels is leaving behind toxic waste, according to a report.

By March 10, 2008


Solar-cell maker Suniva hauls in $50 million

Its manufacturing process and improved polysilicon efficiency will produce grid-parity pricing within a few years, start-up Suniva claims.

By February 5, 2008


Sony-Toyota joint venture invests in LCDs

ST Liquid Crystal Display puts $91.4 million into expanding its production of low-temperature polysilicon LCD panels.

By April 21, 2004


Toshiba throws a curve in LCD market

Toshiba announced Monday that it has developed a large, flexible liquid crystal display. The 8.4-inch low-temperature polysilicon screen is flexible enough that it can be bent into a curve while displaying images, bringing the technology closer to the ultimate goal of foldable displays. The screen is less than 0.4mm thick and weighs less than 20 grams. Toshiba is working to have the screen technology ready for mass production by 2005 but will present it at the Society for Information Display 2002 conference, in Boston, Mass., from May 21 to May 23.

By May 20, 2002


Toshiba displays mini-notebook

Toshiba showed off for the Japanese market a new mini-notebook that the company claims can provide up to 14 hours of battery life. Part of the power savings comes from a low-temperature polysilicon display, Toshiba said. A larger, optional battery has to be used to achieve the longest battery time. The new notebook contains a 5800 Crusoe processor from Transmeta, a 20GB hard drive and 256MB of memory; it runs at 800MHz. It will cost between $1,000 and $1,300, depending on the configuration, and will be officially released May 18. Toshiba is one of Transmeta's largest customers but has not brought one of the notebooks to the United States.

By April 24, 2002


Toshiba screens display technology

The Japanese company is bringing its low-temperature polysilicon display technology to notebooks in hopes of eventually lowering their price.

By October 8, 2001


Joint venture for LCDs

Toshiba and Matsushita, known for its Panasonic brand, announced Friday they will establish a Singapore-based company to manufacture low-temperature polysilicon LCDs (liquid crystal displays). Production of the LCDs is scheduled to start in July 2002. Capacity is expected to reach 55,000 29-inch-by-36-inch panels per month by 2003. The panels will be used for mobile phones, handheld computers and flat-panel televisions.Toshiba will invest 67 percent of the initial $431 million of capital needed to start the company; Matsushita will invest the remaining 33 percent.

By February 23, 2001