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What is a solar cell?
A solar cell is a device that converts solar energy into electricity by the 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.
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
2002-06-04 Whitener to help cut the cost of solar cells
Researchers from Bath University are developing an alternative solar technology to silicon, and have turned to a chemical more commonly found in coffee whitener and toothpaste
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.
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.
2011-01-13 TSMC, Centrosolar ink solar module agreement
TSMC has firmed up plans to venture into solar and LED manufacturing by signing a contract with Centrosolar that makes the German company its exclusive European manufacturer of crystalline solar products
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.
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.
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
2011-06-30 Taiwan to get 16% share of 2011 PV cells market
According to PIDA, Taiwan will beat the share of its rivals this year with 16 percent of the global market.
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.
2006-01-19 Suntech to invest $20M in solar cell R&D
Suntech Power Co. Ltd has disclosed its plan to invest $20 million in the R&D of improving the energy conversion efficiency of solar cells.
2012-09-06 Suntech Power, Hanwha Solar sign collaborative research deal
An advanced processing technology being pioneered at UNSW to improve the efficiency of first generation silicon solar cells has the competing solar makers into unlikely collaborators.
2010-10-12 Suntech opens first US solar panel plant
Suntech facility to eventually produce 120MW of solar cells annually
2007-05-30 Suntech breaks ground on Shanghai solar cell plant
Suntech Power Holdings recently announced that it has begun construction on a thin film R&D and manufacturing facility in Caohejing Hi-tech Park in Shanghai, China.
2010-03-10 SunPower, Toshiba ink 32MW solar supply deal
Under a strategic supply agreement, Toshiba Corp. will order 32 megawatts of high-efficiency solar panels from SunPower Corp. in 2010
2004-12-20 SunPower to double solar cell capacity next year
SunPower Corp., a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corp., will expand the manufacturing capacity of its solar cell factory in the Philippines to 50MW by the second half of next year -- doubling its current capacity
2010-06-29 SunPower solar cell touts 24.2% efficiency
SunPower Corp. has produced a full-scale solar cell with sunlight to electricity conversion efficiency of 24.2 percent at its manufacturing plant in the Philippines
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