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What are solar panels?
Solar panels are solar photovoltaic modules/arrays that use solar cells to convert light from the sun into electricity. The term is sometimes used to refer to solar thermal collectors that use the sun's energy to heat water or other fluids.
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2009-10-08 Solar panels blend in with asphalt
The technology integrates low-cost, thin-film CIGS photovoltaic cells with the roofing shingle design.
2009-03-23 Solar panel market to face slowdown in '09
Sales of solar energy panels amounted to 5.6GW in 2008, up 48 percent on 2007, but the global economic crisis will result in newly installed solar capacity reaching only 7.1GW in 2009, equivalent to a global growth rate of 26 percent, before the strong growth resumes in 2010.
2008-11-13 Solar markets: Highlighting PV technology
It has been shown that solar energy harvesting will soon go mainstream, but it's not clear which of the many diverse technologies vying for dominance in this emerging market will take precedence
2009-03-31 Solar gear promises higher conversion efficiency
Solaicx has developed its own manufacturing process for wafers used in solar panels. The result, according to the solar cell ingot manufacturer, is much higher solar conversion efficiencies.
2007-08-06 Solar cell hits world-record efficiency of 42.8 percent
A consortium that includes the University of Delaware and DuPont reported a solar cell with an efficiency of 42.8 percent, said to be the world's highest
2008-06-27 Solar cell development center rises in Silicon Valley
SVTC Technologies announced that its SVTC Solar business unit has launched the Silicon Valley Photovoltaic Development Center that will provide the solar industry with infrastructure including development equipment, support and engineering services required to create and commercialize solar energy products
2008-08-20 Solar advocates beef up solar thermal efforts
The German Solar Industry Association group and other European solar enthusiasts have come to America to make the case for solar thermal technology, an alternative to photovoltaics that attempts to harness the efficient phase change from water to steam
2008-10-21 Sanyo ups solar module production capacity in Mexico
Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd has disclosed plans to increase the production capacity of solar modules at its Mexico Monterrey Factory by nearly 2.5x the current amount
2008-11-28 Report: Solar panel sales to slide in '09
The economic downturn is expected to significantly impact solar panel sales, starting with weakened average selling prices and order delays or cancellations, according to The Information Network
2008-12-05 Report: Samsung is solar patent king
Canon, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and Samsung are among the largest patent holders in solar photovoltaic panels, although they have no products in the field today.
2008-08-12 Report: India seeks to build world's largest solar plant
The world's largest solar power project is under negotiations for the state of Gujarat in western India at a cost of about $5 billion
2007-11-28 Report reveals China solar panel vendors to slash prices
In the face of higher polysilicon prices, 88 percent of China solar panel manufacturers plan to lower or keep prices intact to win market share
2012-02-09 Recovery for solar inverter market seen this year
Despite a stall in market growth last year, solar inverters are forecasted to increase by five percent to 24.5GW
2014-04-16 Quantum dots make colourful luminescent solar concentrators
A luminescent solar concentrator serves as a light-harvesting antenna which concentrates solar radiation collected from a large area onto a much smaller solar cell, enabling its potential as solar panels that can double as house windows.
2010-03-17 Putting the spotlight on solar power
Tom Adams offers a closer look at four solar companies from the United States and Europe to see where they are now and where they may be heading
2010-06-04 Power management IC enables 'smart' solar panels
National Semiconductor's SM3320 analog-intensive power management chipset improves power output, reliability and cost-effectiveness of solar systems
2007-07-23 Photovoltaic interconnects ease solar installations
Tyco has added the SolKlip grounding connectors line and solar AWG cable to its SOLARLOK photovoltaic interconnect family
2015-02-02 Perovskites show notable solar energy-harvesting potential
An international research group focused on the perovskite crystals say the results of their study could lead to developing cheaper, more efficient solar cells and LEDs
2012-03-12 Panasonic opens Malaysian solar plant
The base will manufacture solar wafers, cells and modules with an estimated annual production capacity of 300MW
2009-08-10 Panasonic Li-ion cell powers solar racer
Panasonic Corp. is providing the Solar Electric Vehicle Team of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT SEVT) with high-capacity 2.9Ah Li-ion batteries
2008-07-14 Paint-on solar panels boost efficiency at less cost
Paint-on solar panels could increase current energy efficiency by 50 percent while making new solar panel installations invisible by painting organic dyes onto windows.
2009-08-18 Oversupply to hurt solar market until 2012
iSuppli reduced its forecast and said that the solar panel oversupply problem will persist until 2012
2011-12-19 Organic solar cell achieves 8.3% efficiency record
Imec, Solvay and Polyera claims to set a world record efficiency of 8.3 percent for organic solar cells in an inverted device architecture
2009-11-06 Optical fibers make flexible solar cells
Georgia Tech researchers they were able to demonstrate thin, flexible solar cells by assembling the components of a dye-sensitized solar cell along the outside of an optical cable
2014-09-25 Novel method paves way for cheaper solar panels
Researchers developed a new method called "hybrid deposition" to create perovskite solar cells, made from a mixture of inexpensive organic and inorganic raw materials
2010-08-12 No more amorphous silicon panels from Suntech Shanghai
China's biggest solar manufacturer, Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd, has scrapped manufacturing amorphous silicon thin-film solar panels to favour crystalline silicon solar cells. The company will incur impairment charges of more than $50 million as a consequence.
2008-10-17 Next-gen solar panels hasten cabling installation
Sanyo Energy Corp. has released the heterojunction with intrinsic thin-layer (HIT) Power series of solar panels based on the company's proprietary HIT technology.
2009-09-03 New tech slashes solar installation costs
eIQ Energy promises to lower the installed cost of solar power systems and improve energy harvesting efficiency through technology that allows connection of solar panels in parallel as opposed to in series.
2007-01-23 NEC solar battery package powers LCD desktop monitors
NEC Display Solutions announced that it is the first display company to offer a solar-powered system for all of its flat panel LCD display monitors
2007-04-02 NEC flat panels draw power from solar battery
NEC Display Solutions is offering a solar-powered system that will support all of the company's flat-panel LCD monitors
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