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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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2010-06-18 National, Shoals co-develop smart solar panels
National Semiconductor and Shoals Technologies have developed the first in a series of new "smart" Shoals products: junction boxes with SolarMagic power optimization technology inside
2009-11-09 Mobile phones get solar-powered
Sharp is diversifying its solar component portfolio to address a wide range of mobile applications, such as mobile handsets
2004-03-08 Mitsubishi Electric to supply Alcatel Space with solar panels
Mitsubishi Electric Corp. and Alcatel Space have agreed a supply contract for solar array panels. Over the course of a four-year contract, Mitsubishi Electric will supply the solar array panels for Alcatel Space's Spacebus.
2012-10-16 Method to prevent solar cell degradation established
Researchers at the University of Luxembourg have established a method that hopes to answer the chemical damage that plagues solar cells
2011-11-21 Malaysia gears up to be largest solar panel maker
The country is an ideal destination for investors as it offers a 15-year tax holiday for solar company profits, low interest rates and good infrastructures
2011-10-20 Low-profile rectifier solves solar panel design problems
Diodes has released the 12A-rated SBR12U45LH SBR, a low-profile rectifier that aims to address manufacturing and design concerns in solar panels.
2010-04-22 iSuppli: Solar installations to reach 13.6GW this year
A surge of sales in Germany combined with plunging prices has prompted iSuppli Corp. to upgrade its photovoltaic (PV) system installation forecast this year.
2006-10-25 Industry warms up to solar energy
Silicon Valley firms have set eyes and interest on solar energy, with Internet giant Google disclosing plans to run its headquarters on solar energy and other firms seeking ways to develop the alternative energy
2008-02-20 India's Fab City attracts investments as focus shifts to solar
India's Fab City is now betting big on photovoltaic products and its five latest projects are all focused on the solar energy business
2007-11-05 IBM recycles scrap silicon wafer into solar panels
IBM has announced a new semiconductor wafer reclamation process that uses a specialized pattern removal technique to repurpose scrap semiconductor wafers to a form used to manufacture silicon-based solar panels.
2012-03-14 Heliatek opens organic solar film production facility
According to Heliatek, they developed the world's first manufacturing line producing organic solar panels in a roll-to-roll process using vacuum deposition at low temperatures.
2010-08-18 Grid-connected solar microinverter reference design using a dsPIC digital signal controller
Using renewable resources on a large scale is a cost problem and in most cases, more research is needed to make their use cost-effective.
2011-06-14 GPU supercomputer simulation accelerates solar energy
Researchers announced a record-breaking scientific simulation on the Tianhe-1A GPU supercomputer that furthers research in solar energy and in the semiconductor industry
2008-02-27 GaAs solar cell on Ge touts 24.7% conversion efficiency
IMEC has announced the development of a single-junction GaAs solar cell on a germanium substrate with a record conversion efficiency of 24.7 percent
2011-03-04 French-Israeli team eyes solar installations on water
As photovoltaic companies struggle to find land on which to build solar power plants, Solaris Synergy and EDF Group outlines the cost and environmental benefits of solar installations on water
2009-10-01 French solar market gets partnership, VC boost
Several initiatives have emerged to foster solar energy in France from energy companies, solar cell manufacturer, material and equipment supplier, academic research and VC firms
2011-05-16 Flextronics, MEMC Singapore broaden solar production deal
The expanded partnership involves the production of solar panels from Flextronics' Clean Tech Supersite in Malaysia. SunEdison, a subsidary of MEMC, will use these solar panels for its solar photovoltaic projects.
2007-10-26 Field-mountable connectors ease solar installations
Lapp Group has introduced a new connector designed specifically for use in solar power-based installations
2011-03-14 Fast-pulsing laser to improve solar cell efficiency
Purdue University researchers hope to increase efficiency and reduce production costs significantly by using an "ultrashort pulse laser" to create the microchannels in thin-film solar cells
2010-04-12 Dow Corning, IMEC team on solar cell research
Dow Corning and IMEC have signed a three-year contract for joint research on next generations of crystalline silicon solar cells
2007-08-24 Dow Corning shifts to solar power at German facility
Dow Corning announced it has installed more than 1,000m? of solar panels at its manufacturing facility in Wiesbaden, Germany, one of its largest in Europe.
2011-11-23 Data center running on solar power
IBM's solar farm in India has been designed to run high-voltage data centers, powering 50kW of PC equipment for about 330 days a year at five hours a day
2005-06-17 Cypress subsidiary unveils enhanced solar electric panels
SunPower announced a new line of higher efficiency solar electric panels that promises higher power density than its current solar panels.
2010-06-16 Copper nanowires make flexible displays, solar panels
Duke University researchers have demonstrated a new copper nanowire technology for making transparent flexible displays, solar panels and electronic circuitry.
2013-08-13 Controlled electron spin boosts organic solar cells
Researchers discovered a synthetic, high-performance polymer that behaves differently from other tested materials and could make inexpensive, highly efficient organic solar panels a reality.
2011-05-23 China gets 60% of 2010 global solar market
China manufactured nearly 60 percent of the worldwide solar cells market last year, exporting more than 90 percent of its production
2002-07-30 CDT receives grant form U.S. DTI to develop solar cells, light detectors
Cambridge Display Technology has received a grant from the U.K. Government's Department of Trade and Industry for the R&D of plastic solar cells
2009-04-08 Canadian Solar to supply solar panels to Sichuan
Canadian Solar Inc. has been selected in a bidding process to supply solar panels for 80,000 solar home systems for rural households in Sichuan province, China.
2008-12-17 Australia gears up for 'largest' solar tracking system
SunPower Corp. has announced an agreement to build a 505kW solar power installation for Horizon Power. The ground-mounted installation will be located on two sites in Marble Bar and Nullagine, in the east Pilbara region of Western Australia, and will be the largest solar tracking system in Australia
2013-06-28 Atom-thick PV sheets improve solar cells
MIT researchers aim to produce the thinnest and most lightweight solar panels possible by producing a two-layer solar cell that is only 1nm thick.
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