High Efficiency Solar Cells (Non-silicon based)

Energizer Selects Ascent Solar to Provide Solar Panels for Donated Energizer Lanterns

Energizer, the battery and flashlight company, chose Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. to provide solar panels for its Energizer lanterns donated to the global non-profit One Million Lights. Energizer reportedly chose the company’s copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) solar cells because of their flexibility, ruggedness, and light weight. One Million Lights …

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Solar Junction Breaks Conversion Efficiency Record for CPV Solar Cells

Solar Junction of Silicon Valley, a developer of multi-junction concentrator photovoltaics, has set a world record for energy efficiency of a commercial-ready production solar cell. The company reports that the National Renewable Energy Laboratory measured the power conversion efficiency of the company’s solar cell to be 44 percent at 947 suns. …

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Solyndra updates risks in their roadmap to profitability

Solyndra, a thin-film CIGS solar manufacturer that produces cylindrical solar cells, filed an amendment to form S-1 on March 16. This amendment updates their risk factors, and includes an assessment by independent auditors, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, that expresses concerns about the company’s economic position. The company filed its original S-1 registration statement, …

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TIR Systems Announces Restructuring for Further LEXEL Commercialization

TIR said the restructuring will result in the elimination of 42 jobs and will save them about $5 million annually. The company stated it already has entered into agreements with four major lighting manufacturers: The Genlyte Group, Zumtobel AG, Lighting Services Incorporated, and Spectral GmbH. To support their plans to …

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Arima Seeks Partner for LED Capacity Increase; Plans GaAs Solar Cell Production in 2007

Arima Opto is looking for a strategic partner for its LED capacity increase, according to Digitimes. The company’s president, P.J. Wang, said Arima Opto is in talks with a second-tier LED maker for a possible strategic alliance. In February 2006, Arima Opto acquired the majority stake in Advanced Epitaxy Technology …

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PSC to Expand Into LEDs and Solar Cells

Taiwan company, Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC), currently a manufacturer of DRAM, hopes to eventually expand its manufacturing to include solar cells and LEDs, Asian technology news outlet, Digitimes reported. Company chairman Frank Huang, announced the company’s plans during the electronic Manufacturer Expo (eMEX) held in Suzhou, China. He indicated that …

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Sharp Solar Street Light Integrates Solar Panels with High Intensity LEDs

Sharp Corporation is treating its native Japanese market to two new solar cell products that integrate long-life, energy-efficient, high-intensity LEDs with thin-film, “see-through” solar cells into a single solar module, and the result is a new Solar Street Light. By combining the solar cells with high-intensity LED lights, Sharp has …

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