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Collaboratory Funds 12 New Solar Research Projects

Posted by SI Staff on October 17, 2008

The Center for Revolutionary Solar Photoconversion (CRSP) says it is launching 12 novel solar research projects totaling more than $1.1 million in its inaugural round of research and development funding. CRSP is the newest research center of the Colorado Renewable [Read More]

CIP Technologies Achieves TPV Efficiency Record

Posted by SI Staff on October 14, 2008

CIP Technologies has reached a new energy conversion efficiency record for thermo-photovoltaic (TPV) cells. In partnership with the University of Oxford and Wafer Technology, and with partial funding from the U.K. Technology Strategy Board and EPSRC, a successful three year [Read More]

Fraunhofer Institute Breaks Solar Conversion Efficiency Record

Posted by SI Staff on September 25, 2008

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems have tested a multi-junction solar cell that exhibited a 39.7% conversion efficiency ratio via photovoltaic concentrator technology. ‘We have improved the contact structures of our solar cells,’ says Frank Dimroth, head [Read More]

Solar ITC Legislation Passes In The U.S. Senate

Michael Bates
Written by Michael Bates on September 24, 2008

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate broke a longstanding partisan stalemate and passed – by a vote of 93 to 2 – amendments to the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 that will extend the solar investment tax credit (ITC) by [Read More]

Duke Energy Carolinas Seeking Solar Bids

Posted by SI Staff on September 05, 2008

Duke Energy Carolinas is seeking bids from solar power companies to supply solar panels, electrical equipment and installation services as part of the utility's proposed $100 million North Carolina solar plan. Starting in early 2009, Duke Energy plans to install [Read More]

NREL Solar Cell Sets World Efficiency Record At 40.8 Percent

Posted by SI Staff on August 14, 2008

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has set a world record in solar cell efficiency with a photovoltaic device that converts 40.8% of the light that hits it into electricity. This is the highest confirmed efficiency [Read More]

Large-Scale Solar Thermal Power On Tap In Australia

Posted by SI Staff on August 12, 2008

According to a report from Reuters, Australian engineering services company WorleyParsons Ltd. is pursuing the world's largest solar power plant, planned to be operational within three years. WorleyParsons noted that it is seeking to deliver 40% of Australia's renewable energy [Read More]

Ranking The Top Solar-Integrated U.S. Utilities

Posted by SI Staff on July 24, 2008

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has released the top ten rankings of U.S. utilities that had the most solar electricity integrated into their energy mix as of the end of 2007. The rankings are based on information provided through [Read More]

SDG&E Announces 80 MW Solar Installations Program

Posted by SI Staff on July 14, 2008

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has announced plans for the largest solar power project in San Diego, with an initial target of developing 70 MW to 80 MW of solar electricity. The utility says about two-thirds of the systems [Read More]

General Motors Pursuing 12 MW Rooftop Solar Installation In Spain

Posted by SI Staff on July 09, 2008

General Motors is adding the world's largest rooftop solar photovoltaic power installation to its car assembly plant in Figueruelas, Zaragoza, Spain. When the project is completed this fall, the installation will cover about 2 million square feet and generate about [Read More]