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For expensive manufacturing research on solar panels and 3-D printing, a new push toward shared pilot production facilities.
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Virdia plans to make cheap sugars from wood chips, tackling the industry’s greatest challenge.
A study identifies early-stage technologies that could be combined to cut the cost of solar panels in half.
Solar Frontier, which opened the world’s largest CIGS solar-panel plant, makes plans for more factories.
Astrowatt’s wafer-making method could mean cheaper solar power.