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It’s not enough to have compelling technology—small solar companies need a solid business model, rich partners, and manufacturing know-how.
Solar manufacturers are eager to implement several new technologies that could make solar power cheaper, and the panels easier to make.
First Solar’s strong finances are helping fund innovation and drive down the cost of solar power.
New materials for high-performance cells could make solar power affordable.
A one-step process creates a highly antireflective layer for photovoltaics.
By making silicon wafers cheaper, 1366 hopes to ride the next boom in solar power.
Long-lived nuclear batteries powered by hydrogen isotopes are in testing for military applications.
Models of the brain built from specially designed computer chips could reveal the secrets of our cerebrum.
Placing tiny spheres of silicon in reflective trays could be the key to cheap, efficient solar cells.