The Coolest New Solar Manufacturing Technology You've Never Heard Of

The Optical Cavity Furnace is a new piece of equipment for making solar cells that is about to rock the photovoltaic industry by slashing costs and increasing efficiency. The news should not just excite tech nerds—by reducing the cost of producing solar cells by nearly three-quarters, this new technology represents another big step on the path to making clean energy the cheap kind of energy. Here’s how it works. By using optics to more efficiently focus visible and infrared light, the Optical Cavity Furnace can heat silicon wafers used in solar cell production much more precisely and uniformly than previous forms of solar cell manufacture. The resulting solar cells are stronger, more efficient, and have fewer impurities. The National Renewable Energy Lab, or NREL, the DOE office responsible for the research, and a corporate partner AOS Inc. are now working to bring this technology to scale. The partners plan to build an industrial-scale Optical Cavity Furnace capable of producing 1,200 highly efficient solar cells per hour. NREL has cooperative research agreements with many of the country’s biggest solar cell producers.

Community Joins Forces for Largest Collective Deployment of Solar in San Diego County

Fallbrook and Bonsall Residents Save Over $200,000 Collaboratively on Solar Projects

The meeco Group welcomes Claudia Hamm, Head of Pipeline Team

Ms. Hamm to contribute to meeco's growth with magnificent professional experience

SOLAR POWER INTERNATIONAL BREAKS NEW GROUND IN TEXAS

Executives Come Together To Affirm Growth of Solar Industry

DBT Introduces First Solar Charging Station in Jordan for 100% Sustainable EV Charging

DBT, Europe's leading electric vehicle charging station manufacturer, provided a Level II charging station for the first off grid solar canopy charging station unveiled in Jordan on October 20th, 2011.

Coalition Forming to Meet Demand for Clean, Affordable, Renewable Energy

Energy Storage Summit Announced

Principal Solar, Inc. (PSWW) Appoints Renowned Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Sc.D. as Senior Advisor

"We are honored to welcome the distinguished Dr. Aldrin to our team, and expect that his guidance will literally take us to the moon," says Michael Gorton, chief executive officer and chairman of PSI. "His years of aerospace experience, matched with his dedication and continued support of solar power and research for renewable energy sources, aligns him directly with our bottom-line initiatives."

BlueChip Energy and EMF Capital Announce Conversion of Florida Community to Solar Power

Alliance to provide residents and builders with affordable solar power options

Take part in Waste-to-Energy Section at WasteECo-2012, 28-30 March 2012, Kharkiv, Ukraine

WasteECo-2012 will present the full line of technologies, equipment and service in the field of solid waste, wastewater and atmospheric emissions management, including biomass to energy, biogas collection and utilization, leachate treatment, WWTP sludge treatment and utilization, etc.

Battery Options Expanding For Those Who Want Smarter Solutions

As technology continues to improve, more and more people are looking to make smarter choices when it comes to how they obtain and put energy to use in their every day lives.

HNU ENERGY BRINGS SOLAR POWER TO MAUI FOOD BANK - MAUI'S TECH POWERHOUSE HELPS FEED MAUI'S HUNGRY

Award-winning HNU ENERGY has installed a modern solar PV system at the Maui Food Bank. Thanks to HNU ENERGY, up to 100% of the energy consumed at the Maui Food Bank now comes from a clean, safe, state of the art, renewable energy system.

Ice Energy Scoops National Award

Ice Energy named Heat Efficient Installer of the Year at the inaugural Renewables Awards.

Another Milestone: Renewable Energy Surpasses Nuclear Power by 18%

According to the most recent issue of the "Monthly Energy Review" by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), with data through June 30, 2011, renewable energy has passed another milestone as domestic production is now significantly greater than that of nuclear power and continues to close in on oil. During the first half of 2011, renewable energy sources (biomass & biofuels, geothermal, solar, water, wind) provided 4.687 quadrillion Btus of energy or 12.25% of U.S. energy production. By comparison, renewables accounted for 11.05% of domestic production during the first half of 2010 and 10.50% during the first half of 2009. (On the consumption side, which includes oil and other energy imports, renewable sources accounted for 9.45% of total U.S. energy use.) More significantly, energy production from renewable energy sources in 2011 was 17.91% more than that from nuclear power, which provided 3.975 quadrillion Btus and has been declining in recent years. Energy from renewable sources is now equal to 79.83% of that from domestic crude oil production, with the gap closing rapidly.  

2012 Hydrogen Student Design Contest Registration Deadline Extended to November 15, Webcast Upcoming

Registration extended to allow for additional participation from universities abroad

Innotech Solar Establishes Sales Hub in USA

In response to the growing demand from the United States and Latin America for Innotech Solar panels, Innotech Solar (ITS) has established Innotech Solar U.S.A., a sales entity in Vista, California.

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