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What is a solar cell?
A solar cell is a device that converts solar energy into electricity by photovoltaic effect. The term is sometimes reserved for devices intended specifically to capture energy from sunlight.
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2009-08-19 Zinc oxide nanospears boost solar cell efficiency
Microscopic, spear-shaped zinc oxide crystals on a silicon surface may produce more efficient solar cells
2005-05-13 Zhejiang solar cell makers to boost production capacity
Solar cell manufacturers in Zhejiang are increasing output amid positive market forecast. There are about 15 solar cell makers in the province. They account for 10 percent of mainland China's total solar cell output. Demand for solar cells is expected to go up by 30 percent this year.
2010-10-19 Yingli grows solar capacity
China solar cell manufacturer Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. announced it is increasing capacity to 1.7GW.
2011-05-30 Wireless sensor node powered by solar harvesting source
Silicon Labs has launched an energy-efficient wireless sensor node solution powered by a solar energy harvesting source
2009-04-01 Winners and losers of the solar cell market
Several factors have converged over the past several months that will impact the solar cell market, according to a report by The Information Network. Here's a summary of the winners and losers in the solar cell market based on the recent study of the research firm.
2008-08-27 Web coating tool eases solar cell manufacturing
Veeco Instruments Inc. has introduced a line of web coating systems designed for manufacturing copper indium gallium selenide solar cells
2011-04-29 Virus harnessing boosts solar cell efficiency
MIT researchers have concluded that harnessing a virus could boost the efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells from under 8 percent to over 10.6 percent
2009-05-11 Vietnam opens first solar panel plant
Vietnam has recently opened the country's first solar cell panel manufacturing facility in southern Long An Province, with an annual capacity of 5MW.
2003-10-31 Uni-Solar Ovonic installs 300 kW photovoltaic system
United Solar Ovonic LLC has installed a new photovoltaic (PV) system using triple-junction thin-film amorphous silicon solar technology
2011-09-01 Understanding inverters' role in the solar industry
Learn how solar inverters can eventually pave the way for further development of future energy-harvesting systems
2007-03-27 UMC taps Ulvac for solar cell biz
UMC has decided to enter into the rapidly growing solar cell market, with Ulvac set to provide the firm with thin-film solar cell production facilities and technical support to get the ball rolling.
2012-05-29 U.S. acts against solar cell dumping
The U.S. Department of Commerce has released a decision on the matter of China solar cell and module makers dumping products in the United States, imposing an average of about 31 percent antidumping duties.
2008-09-03 Two firms sign deal to develop solar cells
IMEC and Plextronics have inked an agreement to collaborate on the production of advanced materials to create organic solar cells
2009-12-14 TSMC buys stake in solar cell provider
Motech pursues a vertical integration strategy and has in-house ingot and wafer capabilities in Taiwan and China fabs.
2009-06-03 Trio to work on N-type solar cells
Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd, the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and Amtech Systems Inc. have announced a three-party research collaboration agreement to develop next generation high efficiency solar cells
2010-06-08 Trina Solar, SERIS team on high-efficiency solar cells
Trina Solar has entered into a research agreement with the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) to develop an all-back-contact high-efficiency silicon wafer solar cells
2010-05-24 Trina Solar inks test deals with China certification groups
Trina Solar, through its subsidiary, Changzhou Trina Solar Energy, has signed strategic teal agreements with TUV Rheinland, Underwriters Laboratories and China General Certification Center
2008-09-17 Trina Solar inks sales deal with Invictus
Trina Solar Ltd has entered into a sales agreement with Belgian company Invictus NV
2014-03-07 Towards commercially available quantum dot solar cells
Researchers from South Korea developed quantum dot solar cells that claim an optical conversion efficiency of 4.31 percent, which is a 1.7-fold increase from conventional quantum dot solar batteries
2010-03-08 Toshiba ventures into residential solar PV market
Toshiba Corp. it will make its full-scale entry into the residential solar photovoltaic systems business in Japan on April 1, with the goal of winning a 10 percent share of the Japan market by fiscal year 2012
2002-11-25 Topray solar cell fit calculators, battery chargers
The Topray-06 solar cells of Shenzhen Topray Solar Co. Ltd are designed for indoor use and are suitable for use as a power supply in calculators, battery chargers, toys, and photosensors
2014-06-27 Tofu component helps cut cost of solar panels
Magnesium chloride, an ingredient used to make bean curd or tofu, is low cost, easily obtainable, and can simply be substituted for cadmium chloride in creating solar panels
2008-07-31 Thin-film solar cells to generate 26GW of power by 2015
According to NanoMarkets, the thin-film photovoltaics market will produce the equivalent of 26GW by 2015 and will generate well over $20 billion in revenues in that same time frame.
2009-05-29 Team sets solar cell record efficiency
Stuttgart University researchers claim to have achieved an efficiency record for laser-processed solar cells based on crystalline silicon
2011-12-05 Taiwan's solar end market foray, not a sunny one
With rising deficits since the beginning of the year, solar cell makers in Taiwan face compounding pressures from the price squeeze and end market challenges.
2006-11-10 Taiwan's Mosel preps solar cell, RFID biz
Mosel Vitelic has shown progress in its solar cell and RFID business, with solar cell production equipment to be prepped up early next year, and RFID volume production to begin in the Q1 of 2007.
2007-11-28 Taiwan's Gintech to supply solar cells to Canadian firm
Canadian Solar has signed an annual solar cell supply contract with Taiwan's Gintech Energy.
2008-09-23 Taiwan solar revenues reach $1.1B in 1H 08
Taiwan's manufacturers of solar cells reported revenues climbed by nearly 70 percent in the first half of 2008, compared to the same period a year ago, due to strong demand from European countries including Spain and Germany
2012-10-08 Taiwan solar firms headed for a rocky future
According to Taiwan's Bureau of Energy, the first period's feed-in tariff in 2013 will fall between 9.23 per cent and 12.63 per cent, whereas the second period's is between 1.9 per cent and 5.62 per cent.
2010-10-21 Switch increases solar cell efficiency
The integrated low-loss power switch and precision controller from STMicroelectronics replaces bypass diodes, thus protecting the energy that would have been lost in each diode.
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